Amazon unveils upgraded Fire TV Stick, lower-cost Fire TV Stick Lite

Friday, 25 Sep, 2020

Amazon also announced an Echo Dot Kids Edition, which features the same spherical shape, but with a choice between a Panda or Tiger design.

What is on its way is the new Fire TV Stick Lite.

All of these Echo devices remind us heavily of the Nexus Q. Good times.

The new Amazon Echo will be available in a choice of three colors - Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue - and priced at $99.99.

The Echo and Echo Dots are open for pre-order now and will ship later this year.

Echo speakers and other smart home devices were the darlings of the consumer electronics world a few years ago, but growth has waned more recently. There is a version of Alexa for kids to ensure they're not learning anything they shouldn't, and parents also receive a free year's membership to Amazon Kids+ with the purchase which is invaluable now that more children are at home for the school year.

Amazon announced the launch of its fourth-generation Echo speaker.

Alexa Guard Plus. Following in the footsteps of Alexa Guard, Guard Plus can help customers detect potential emergencies, deter intruders and, give customers always-available, hands-free access to an emergency helpline. It can also play a warning sound from your Echo devices, like the sound of dogs barking. There's a $4.99/month option for an emergency hotline, too. The enhanced Alexa integration will now recognise the voice and switch accounts when asked, "Alexa, switch to my account".

The new Echo will still come with a 3.5mm output and an override mute button if you plan to say "Alexa" and don't want it to respond. The company announced a physical vehicle alarm gadget, as well as Ring auto Connect software that first will be compatible with Tesla Inc models. That has led to criticism by civil liberties advocates who have taken issue with services that let Ring users share videos with law enforcement.

Ring Car Alarm ($59.99): Plugs in to your vehicle's OBD-II port and alerts you via the Ring app if anyone hits or breaks into your car. Ring Car Cam will cost $199.99.

Pricing: Alarm, $59.99; Cam and Connect, $199.99. That's like snagging each one for just $40 apiece. It only records when in flight, Amazon says.

The new Echo has an AZ1 neural edge processor, which allows speech recognition ot happen locally on the device. The motion is completely silent, thanks to a powerful, brushless motor, and the camera digitally pans and zooms to keep you and your family centered. Amazon Sidewalk extends the range of devices like the Ring and includes support for Tile devices.

Netflix on Echo Show.

Amazon will be selling the Echo Show 10 for $250. Customers can now get the most out of their TVs with the next-generation Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite.

Luna, which Amazon executives boasted has quick download speeds, will be available on Fire TV, PCs, and Macs as well as on iPhones and iPads, with Android coming soon. The Fire TV Stick Lite will also start shipping from October 15. The company also claims that the new Fire TV Stick consumes 50% less power than the older generation. Both have nearly similar features such as full-HD resolution support at 60fps along with HDR format support.

The company revealed its new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite products, as well as an overhauled Fire TV experience that Amazon said is more personal and customised.