December 3, 2022

Kindle Scribe, Halo Rise, the new Echos, and Fire TV

Kindle Scribe, Halo Rise, the new Echos, and Fire TV

Amazon has unveiled a new smart TV, the Fire TV Omni QLED series starting at $799.99

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series in QLED

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Amazon just announced a new TV: the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series in QLED.

Aside from the QLED screen, the TV has Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 + Adaptive for the first time. Supporting these formats should help improve image quality, especially in dark scenes where it can be difficult to see everything on the screen. Adaptive brightness features mean the image adjusts if the room is too bright by the sun, or in a darkened room. Also works as an Echo, with Alexa built in, and includes Alexa Widgets. It can be turned on and off when someone enters or exits a room. The TV can also function as a piece of wall art when not in use, thanks to the gallery of famous landscape paintings.

The TV will be available in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, starting at $799.99. Pre-orders start today.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon upgrades the remote control to Alexa Voice Remote Pro for $34.99

The new Fire TV controller from Amazon

Amazon

Amazon has just revealed a new remote control called Alexa Voice Remote Pro. Alexa Voice Remote Pro pre-orders start at $34.99 today and will begin shipping in November. You can ask Alexa to help you find your remote and it will start playing a noise to help determine the location. It also comes with two customizable buttons to create shortcuts to your favorite streaming apps or channels.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon announces new Fire TV Cube for $139.99

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2022

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Amazon just unveiled the third generation Fire TV Cube, a device that’s a cross between a streaming media player and an Echo speaker. It’s the first major update since 2019. Amazon says the latest version of Cube is 20% faster than its predecessor.

The cube can be controlled by Alexa and includes support for 4K Ultra HD audio, Dolby Vision, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. It now includes an HDMI input port, which means cable subscriber users can connect their cable box to the cube to integrate their TV user interface. Cube also has WiFi 6E support and Super Resolution Upscaling, which means it helps upscale older quality content to a sharper, clearer picture.

Pre-orders for the $139.99 device start today and orders will begin shipping October 25th.

– Sophia Pete

Fire TV is coming to Amazon’s Echo Show 15 later this year for free

Echo Show with Fire TV

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If you have the Echo Show 15, which is a large smart screen that you can hang on the wall, the free software update will allow you to add a Fire TV to your device. An update later this year will add Fire TV software so you can quickly access all of your streaming apps just as you would on any other Fire TV device.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon-owned Ring unveils new Spotlight Cam Pro

Ring Spotlight Pro Camera

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Amazon just announced Ring Spotlight Cam Pro, Spotlight Cam Pro Solar, and Spotlight Cam Plus.

Spotlight Cam Pro is a new professional security camera with 3D motion detection feature, which can send motion alerts to your phone.

The Spotlight Cam Plus now has multiple power options including solar, battery, wiring and connectivity.

The new Ring Spotlight Cam Pro battery and delivery cost $229.99. Spotlight Cam Pro Solar is $249.99. Spotlight Cam Plus starts at $199.99.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon’s Astro robot adds new features including pet detection

Amazon Astro . home robot

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Amazon’s Astro robot can now check doors to see if they’re open. It also allows pet detection so that owners can monitor their pets from home.

There is a new integration between Ring and Astro called Virtual Guard + Astro for small businesses. Astro cameras can alert virtual security agents.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon adds enhanced shopping features to the Echo Show

Shop Amazon Look

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Amazon has announced a new feature for Echo Show devices called “Shop the look”.

For example, users can say “Show me that shirt” when they see an image on their screen, and the device will offer similar products, drawn in part from Amazon’s catalog of products.

The feature shows that Amazon is still intent on making voice shopping more mainstream.

– Annie Palmer

Amazon introduces four new Echo devices

Amazon Echo Dot 2022

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Amazon just announced four new Echo products: Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Dot Kids, Echo Studio, and Echo Auto.

The Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock provide up to twice the sound of the previous generation, according to Amazon. It also has a new temperature sensor, so it can do things like turn on the smart fan automatically when it gets too warm inside. Both devices also have new gesture controls and a new screen. Perhaps the coolest new feature is the built-in Eero, which turns your device into a WiFi extender to improve network coverage in your home. Eero software built into the fourth generation of Echo Dots and Echo Dots with Clock will also be rolling out in the next few months.

The new Echo Dot Kids now comes in owl and dragon designs. The device comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, offering kids content including books, games, videos, songs, and more.

The company has also introduced a new cutting-edge Echo Studio. Sound quality is even better with new spatial sound processing technology and an expanded frequency range, according to Amazon.

Last but not least comes the new Echo Auto, which features a fresh design and flexible mounting options. You can use Alexa to listen to music, make calls, and get hands-free roadside assistance.

The Dot is $49.99, the Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids are $59.99, the Echo Studio is $199.99, and the Echo Auto is $54.99. Pre-orders start today and devices will start shipping next month.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon has unveiled Halo Rise, a $139.99 bedside sleep tracker

Amazon has unveiled a $139.99 offline sleep tracker called Halo Rise.

Amazon Hello Rise Sleep Tracker

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The company says the device has environmental sensors with a smart alarm and wake-up light as well as machine learning and sensor technology to accurately detect sleep patterns.

The device comes with a six-month Halo membership and will ship later this year.

Halo Rise works with Alexa. It does not require users to press a button or charge a battery and helps identify all stages of your sleep, from rapid eye movement to light and deep sleep and provides users with a sleep score.

– Sophia Pete

Amazon announces a new Kindle Scribe that you can write on

Amazon just announced a new Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle you can write on.

Amazon Kindle Writer

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It has a 10.2 inch screen with a stylus that allows you to take notes, make to-do lists and write directly on the pages of the book you are reading.

You can use Scribe to mark PDFs and other documents. It can last weeks and weeks without a fee.

Pre-orders start today and will ship in time for the holidays. Scribe for $339.99.

David Limp kicks off Amazon’s hardware event with Kindle show

David Limp, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Amazon, begins the presentation with the Kindle.

– Sophia Pete

The robotic elephant in the room

One question likely on many people’s minds during the event: Will Amazon mention Roomba-maker iRobot?

Amazon Surprising announcement in August It plans to acquire iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, providing an in-arm experience for its hardware and robotics business. iRobot is best known for its Roomba robot vacuum and mop.

Amazon Astro home robot

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Amazon Launched Her consumer bot, Astro, at last year’s hardware event. Astro is equipped with Amazon Alexa digital assistant and can follow users around the house. But it’s available by invitation only, and it’ll be a hefty price tag of $1,450 when released.

iRobot’s Roomba.

Source: iRobot

Amazon’s hardware business isn’t a big money maker

An array of Amazon Echo smart speakers, including the Echo Studio, Echo and Echo Dot models, taken on September 24, 2020.

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unlike appleAmazon’s hardware business doesn’t generate much profit, nor does it represent a significant portion of the company’s revenue.

Instead, Amazon releases devices at very cheap prices with the aim of promoting its other products and services. It hopes that for every $99 Fire tablet it sells, users buy, say, movies, audiobook subscriptions, and other items, which tend to command higher margins.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has previously admitted That the retail giant does not expect to make a profit from its devices.

Even if it’s not a profitable business, Amazon’s growing selection of Echo smart speakers, Ring doorbells and Fire TV sticks is helping expand the company’s reach into the smart home. And they help service his other fast-growing businesses, such as advertising.

– Annie Palmer

There may be surprises

You can usually expect new Echos, Fire TV and the like at these events, but sometimes Amazon has a few surprises. One year it announced Echo Frames glasses, for example. Last year, it launched a smart wall-mounted frame. They also use their fall event to announce a security drone flying around your house. But that hasn’t started yet.

It should also be noted: Amazon just updated its Fire tabletsso we probably won’t see anything new there today.

– Todd Haselton

Amazon launched new gadgets just in time for Prime Day 2.0

The Amazon hardware event is well-timed. The company plans to host another Prime Day-like discount event next month, the first time it’s held two deal events in the same year.

Amazon usually discounts its own gadgets during these events. In years past, Amazon-branded devices like Echos, Fire TVs, and Kindles also tended to be among the best sellers on Prime Day (usually in summer) and busy holiday shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. .

– Annie Palmer