Amazon is launching a new smart TV, the Fire TV Omni QLED series starting at $799.99
Amazon Fire TV Omni Series in QLED
Amazon has announced a new TV: the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series in QLED.
Apart from its QLED display, the TV also has Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ adaptive for the first time. Support for those formats can help improve image quality, especially in dark scenes where it’s hard to see everything on the screen. And the adaptive brightness features adjusts the picture if the room is too bright in the sun or in a dark room. It also works as an Echo with Alexa built-in, and includes Alexa widgets. It can turn on and off when someone enters or leaves the room. Thanks to a gallery of popular landscape paintings, the TV can also serve as a piece of wall art when not in use.
The TV starts at $799.99 and is available in 65″ and 75″. Pre-orders start today.
Amazon is upgrading the remote to the Alexa Voice Remote Pro for $34.99
Amazon’s new Fire TV remote
Amazon has released a new remote called the Alexa Voice Remote Pro. Pre-orders for the $34.99 Alexa Voice Remote Pro start today, and it should start shipping in November. You can ask the Alexa device to help you find your remote, and it will start playing a sound for location assistance. It comes with two customizable buttons to create shortcuts to your favorite streaming apps or channels.
Amazon has announced the new Fire TV Cube for $139.99
Amazon Fire TV Cube 2022
Amazon has unveiled its third-generation Fire TV Cube, a device that sits between a streaming media player and an Echo speaker. This is the first major update since 2019. Amazon claims that the new version of the Cube is 20% faster than its predecessor.
The Cube can be controlled by Alexa and includes support for 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. It now has an HDMI input port, meaning users who are cable subscribers can plug a cable box into the cube to integrate their TV’s UI. The Cube also has WiFi 6E support and Super-Resolution Upscaling, which means it can upgrade older quality content to a clearer, sharper picture.
Pre-orders for the $139.99 device begin today and orders will begin shipping on October 25.
Amazon’s Echo Show 15 will come with Fire TV for free later this year
If you have an Echo Show 15, a large smart screen that can be hung on the wall, a free software update will allow you to add Fire TV to your device. An update later this year will add Fire TV software, so you’ll have quick access to all streaming apps, just like you would on other Fire TV devices.
Amazon-owned Ring has released the new Spotlight Game Pro
Ring Spotlight Game Pro
Amazon has announced the Ring Spotlight Cam Pro, Spotlight Cam Pro Solar and Spotlight Cam Plus.
Spotlight Cam Pro is a new pro-grade security camera with 3D motion detection that sends motion alerts to your phone.
The Spotlight Cam Plus now has multiple power options including solar, battery, wired and plug-in.
The new Ring Spotlight Cam Pro battery and plug-in costs $229.99. The Spotlight Cam Pro Solar costs $249.99. Spotlight Game Plus starts at $199.99.
Amazon’s Astro robot adds new features including pet detection
Amazon Astro Home Robot
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Amazon’s Astro robot can now see if doors are open. It also allows for pet tracking, so owners can monitor their pets from home.
Ring and Astro have a new integration called Virtual Card + Astro for small businesses. Astro’s cameras can alert virtual security agents.
Amazon adds enhanced shopping features to Echo Show
Amazon buys looks
Amazon has announced a new feature called “Shop the Look” for Echo Show devices.
For example, users can say “show me that shirt” when they see an image on their screen, and the device will draw a section from Amazon’s product catalog and offer similar products.
The feature shows that Amazon aims to make voice shopping even more mainstream.
— Annie Palmer
Amazon is introducing four new Echo devices
Amazon Echo Dot 2022
Amazon has announced four new Echo products: Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Dot Kids, Echo Studio and Echo Auto.
According to Amazon, the Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock deliver up to twice the bass of the previous generation. It has a new temperature sensor, so it can automatically turn on your smart fan when it’s too hot inside. Both devices have new gesture controls and a new display. The best new feature is probably the built-in Eero, which turns your device into a Wi-Fi extender to improve network coverage in your home. Eero built-in will also roll out to older 4th generation Echo Dots and Echo Dots with Clock in the next few months.
The new Echo Dot Kids now come in owl and dragon designs. The device comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers kids content including books, games, videos, songs and more.
The company also unveiled a new high-end Echo Studio. According to Amazon, sound quality is even better with new spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension.
Last but not least is the new Echo Auto, which features a new design and flexible mounting options. You can use Alexa to listen to music, make calls and get hands-free roadside assistance.
Dot costs $49.99, Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids both cost $59.99, Echo Studio costs $199.99 and Echo Auto costs $54.99. Pre-orders start today and the devices will ship next month.
Amazon has released Halo Rise, a $139.99 bedside sleep tracker
Amazon has released a $139.99 no-contact sleep tracker called the Halo Rise.
Amazon Halo Rise Sleep Tracker
The device has environmental sensitivity with a smart alarm and features light and machine learning and sensor technology that accurately detects sleep patterns, the company says.
The device comes with a six-month Halo membership and will ship later this year.
Halo Rise works with Alexa. Users don’t need to press a button or charge a battery, and it helps determine all your sleep stages, from REM to light and deep sleep, and provides users with a sleep score.
Amazon Announces New Kindle Scribe You Can Write On
Amazon has announced the new Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle you can write on.
Amazon Kindle Scribe
It has a 10.2-inch display and pen that lets you take notes, create to-do lists, and write directly on the pages of the book you’re reading.
You can use Scribe to mark up PDFs and other documents. Lasts weeks and weeks without charge.
Pre-orders start today and will ship over the holidays. Scribe costs $339.99.
David Limb kicks off Amazon’s hardware event with a Kindle presentation
David Limb, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices, kicks off the presentation with a Kindle.
The robot elephant in the room
One question on many minds during the event: Will Amazon mention Roomba maker iRobot?
Amazon He made a surprise announcement in August It plans to buy iRobot for about $1.7 billion, giving its hardware and robotics businesses a shot. iRobot is best known for its robot vacuum Roomba and robot mops.
Amazon’s Astro Home Robot
Amazon was initiated Its own consumer robot, Astro, at last year’s hardware event. The Astro is equipped with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant and can follow users around the home. But it’s available by invitation only, and will cost a hefty $1,450 when it launches.
Amazon’s hardware business isn’t a big moneymaker
Taken on September 24, 2020 Echo Studio A group of Amazon Echo smart speakers, including the Echo and Echo Dot models.
Future publication by Neil Godwin/Getty Images
Unlike AppleWhile it makes money from sales of its flagship iPhone and other products, Amazon’s hardware business isn’t very profitable and doesn’t account for a significant portion of the company’s revenue.
Instead, Amazon is launching devices at very affordable prices with the aim of enhancing its other products and services. For every $99 Fire tablet it sells, for example, it hopes users will buy movies, audiobook subscriptions and other items.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos previously agreed upon The retail company does not expect to make a profit on its devices.
While it may not be a profitable business, Amazon’s growing line of Echo smart speakers, Ring doorbells and Fire TV sticks help extend the company’s reach in the smart home. They help its other, fast-growing businesses like advertising.
— Annie Palmer
There may be surprises
You can usually expect new Echoes, Fire TV software, and more at these events, but sometimes Amazon has a few surprises. One year it announced Echo Frames glasses, for example. Last year it launched a wall-hanging smart frame. It also uses its fall event to announce a security drone flying around your home. But it hasn’t started yet.
Also worth noting: Amazon has updated its Fire tabletsSo nothing new can be seen today.
— Todd Hazelton
Amazon is launching new gadgets just in time for Prime Day 2.0
Amazon’s hardware event is timely. The company plans to host another Prime Day-like discount bonanza next month, marking the first time it will hold two deal events in the same year.
Amazon usually discounts its own gadgets during these events. In past years, Amazon-branded devices such as Echos, Fire TVs, and Kindles have also been top sellers during Prime Day (which usually takes place in the summer) and busy holiday shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
— Annie Palmer
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