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Amazon Announces Huge Updates to its Echo Lineup and More!

Amazon’s lineup of smart products including the popular Echo speaker was updated this week ahead of the holiday shopping season. Let’s dig into the details.

Amazon’s lineup of smart products was updated this week ahead of the holiday shopping season and its famous Amazon Prime Day. The most significant change is the new circular design of the latest Echo devices. There’s also a new Fire TV Stick, and more. Here’s a first look at Amazon’s latest goodies for 2020.

Amazon Echo Family

Amazon Echo smart speakers improve with each passing year. However, year after year, most of the changes are made on the inside of the devices. Not this year. The Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with clock, and Echo Dot Kids Edition all feature a spherical design and improved audio. Those products, plus the Echo Show 10, are also the most climate-friendly Echos to date, with each built with recycled materials and now supporting Low Power Mode to save energy.

Echo

Amazon Echo 2020

The flagship Echo for 2020 combines the best features of the previous Echo and Echo Plus models into one redesigned device. With a fabric finish and bright LED light ring at the base, the Echo is made to turn heads no matter its home or office location. Inside, you’ll find a 3-inch woofer, dual tweeters, and Dolby processing that promises to deliver excellent stereo sound. Like the Echo Studio before it, Echo includes acoustics-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the sound based on its surroundings. There’s also a new AZ1 Neural Edge processor designed for accelerating machine learning applications that relate to Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. For the first time, the Echo also includes a built-in smart home hub, which supports Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Amazon Sidewalk.

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The fourth-generation Echo is priced at the sub-$100 range. For a limited time, you can save $30 when you purchase two Echos at the same time using the code ECHO2PK. It’s available in Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue. You can preorder a new Echo now; the first shipments arrive in mid-October.

Echo Dot

Amazon’s best-selling Echo Dot also features a spherical design with a fabric finish. Compact, the new Echo Dot includes a 1.6-inch, front-facing speaker and comes with or without an LED display that can serve as a clock, temperature gauge, timer, or alarm. There’s also a tap-to-snooze feature for those dark mornings when you just don’t want to get up.

Meanwhile, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is also available and comes with either Panda or Tiger prints. With a custom-built kids’ experience, this model offers extensive controls that parents can control using the Alexa app. Better still, because Alexa can recognize different voices, it can quickly shift to a kids’ experience on other Echo devices in the home.  There’s also Reading Sidekick, a service designed to help your kiddos build fluency and love reading from an early age.

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The Echo Dot Kids Edition includes a 12-month subscription to Amazon Kids+, which provides families with access to thousands of hours of kid-friendly Audible books, interactive games, and educational skills.

The Echo Dot is available in Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue. For an extra $10, you can purchase an Echo Dot with a clock or Echo Dot Kids Edition. The former is only available in Glacier White and Twilight Blue at launch. For a limited time, you can save $20 when purchasing two devices using the code DOT2PACK. Both models are available for preorder with the first shipments arriving in early November.

 

Echo Show 10

Echo Studio 10 2020

The next-generation Echo Show 10 (third-generation) comes with a 10.1-inch adaptive HD screen that adjusts its view when you’re interacting with Alexa or talking to someone through video conferencing services like Zoom and Amazon Chime. The device’s new 13-megapixel wide-angle camera pans and zooms so you’re always at the center of the frame. Inside, you’ll find dual tweeters and a powerful woofer, designed for music, videos, and more.

It’s the seamless, automatic rotation of the screen that will probably draw many to the Echo Show 10. With a brushless motor, this movement is silent. The Echo Show 10 also rotates during news briefings and TV shows and films from Hulu + Live TV, Prime Video, Netflix, and more.

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The Echo Show 10 launches soon and will be available in Charcoal and Glacier White. Preorders have yet to begin, but will soon.

Amazon’s Climate Pledge

For this year’s Echo lineup, Amazon promises to use 100 percent post-consumer recycled fabric and die-cast aluminum, and post-consumer recycled plastic. Anything wood-based in the devices comes from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. The 2020 Echo devices also have a Low Power Mode to conserve energy during periods of inactivity and deliver energy savings throughout the life of the product.

Luna

Luna gaming

In recent days, Amazon has also introduced Luna, a new U.S. cloud-based gaming service designed for instant play. At launch, the service is available through Fire TV, PC, and Mac, and using web apps on iPhone and iPad. Android-based support is coming soon.  For now, Luna access is granted only on a limited invitation-only basis. You can sign-up to receive an invitation from the Luna landing page.

Once gaining access to Luna, you can subscribe to the Luna+ game channel for an introductory price of $5.99 per month. During the early access period, Luna+ includes action games like Resident Evil 7, Control, and Panzer Dragoon; adventure games like A Plague Tale: Innocence and The Surge 2; platformers like Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair and Iconoclasts; and others like GRID, ABZU and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Luna+ subscribers can play on two devices simultaneously and get resolutions of 4K/60fps for select titles.

Depending on your device, you can play Luna using a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth game controller, or the new $50 Luna Controller with Cloud Direct technology. Alexa-enabled, the Luna Controller, connects directly to the cloud to control your game and features a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted Wi-Fi for lower latency gaming.

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Much to See

It will be interesting to see whether Amazon updates any of its other consumer-based products in the coming weeks. With the COVID-delayed Amazon Prime Day scheduled for October 13-14, perhaps it will make further announcements in the coming days.

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