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Amazon’s hardware event: All the biggest announcements

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Amazon’s hardware event: All the biggest announcements

Amazon today hosted the annual Amazon 2020 Event.

Amazon also announced an Echo Dot Kids Edition, which features the same spherical shape, but with a choice between a Panda or Tiger design. The company has, after four years, updated its Fire TV stick, along with a fresh redesign of the Fire TV OS.

Amazon announced a handful of products yesterday including Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show 10, new Fire TV stick, Fire TV stick Lite. The Alexa voice assistant-enabled devices are the centerpiece of the company's device lineup, with Amazon (AMZN) claiming that 140,000 products now work with Alexa.

Here's a quick overview of the new devices and services.

A 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker drives the Echo Dots and now, the tap-to-snooze on the clock version is also available on the Echo Dot and Echo. As for price and availability, you can pre-order the Echo Dot now for $49.99, but it won't ship until later this year.

Both main variants come in the same three colours as the standard Echo: Charcoal, Glacier White and Twilight Blue.

Amazon’s hardware event: All the biggest announcements

If you want to pick one of these items up, they're all up for pre-order right now, with shipping expected in late October, early November. The system can play the sound of a dog barking if someone walks up to the house while you're away (or home and antisocial). It's also created to give longer range, lower bandwidth connectivity to devices. There's a $4.99/month option for an emergency hotline, too.

Alexa is getting the ability to recognize when a voice belongs to a kid and switching over to the child-friendly mode, which might appease some data privacy concerns. Care Hub will also provide an activity feed, and you can set up an alert if no activity is detected before a certain time of day, so you can call to check-in. The company announced a physical vehicle alarm gadget, as well as Ring auto Connect software that first will be compatible with Tesla Inc models. Ring Car Cam will cost $199.99. Alexa video calling and Zoom support are coming very soon.

Pricing: Alarm, $59.99; Cam and Connect, $199.99. When it's not in use it sits in a dock that physically blocks the camera.

Older Echo devices can be synced to their newer versions to cover as many rooms as you want. Alarm includes "intelligent sensors", obviously built-in sirens, plugs into a OBD-II port. Alarm interacts with other Ring devices and Amazon Sidewalk.

Netflix on Echo Show. Along with the hardware updates, the new Fire TV Stick now also features Dolby Atmos support for a more immersive audio experience with compatible content and speakers.

New Fire TV experience. It will begin to roll out to customers later this year. The Alexa voice experience for the Fire TV Stick has also been improved with this iteration. According to Amazon, the Fire TV Stick Lite "gives you the most processing power in any streaming media player under $30".

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