Amazon’s new Echo speaker puts Alexa in an orb

Ruben Fields
September 25, 2020

Amazon says the latter stick is the "most powerful" streaming device under $30. The device is capable of streaming 1080p video at 60fps with HDR compatibility, and it features a new dual-band, dual-antenna design with support for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

"The new Fire TV experience will begin to rollout to customers later this year", Amazon has stated.

Along with improvements to its sound quality, the all-new Echo Dot has a much different form factor than the previous, 3rd-generation Echo Dot as well; it's now a spherical, ball-like speaker that has a flat bottom to easily sit on your desk or wherever it's placed. In a nod to its sustainability pledge, the company said the new devices would have a new low-power mode, a feature that could be rolled out to existing Fire TV devices as well. But there's no Dolby Atmos Dolby Atmos or control buttons for your TV on the Alexa Voice Remote Lite.

The Fire TV Stick retains its $39.99 price point, while the aggressively priced Fire TV Stick Lite starts at $29.99.

The updated Fire TV menus will be available globally later this year and appear first in the new Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick. Most current streamers that can handle HDR will also deliver 4K, but not the new Amazon Fire TV Sticks.

It shares nearly all of the same features as the Fire TV Stick, but retails for £29.99. It comes with a Lite version of the Alexa-enabled Voice Remote.

The Fire TV Stick Lite is essentially this same model. Actual 4K resolution is reserved for the $50 (£50) Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, which will remain on sale unchanged. Devices are available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain, Japan (Fire TV Stick only), Mexico (Fire TV Stick Lite only), Brazil (Fire TV Stick Lite only), and Australia (Fire TV Stick Lite only).

Amazon's Echo Show 10 has a new design and more privacy tools

Along with the new Fire TV Sticks, Amazon has also unveiled a completely redesigned Fire TV interface.

Amazon announced the Echo Show line in 2017, and today, it's finally gaining access to Netflix.

The updated Fire TV interface includes a revamped Home Screen, which has been created to help users find all their favorite content in one place.

© Provided by CNET An overhauled interface puts user profiles front and center. Amazon says it doesn't support TV controls. A brand-new Find experience makes it easier than ever to discover great movies, TV shows, and more, with browsing capabilities that allow for broad and specific searches based on genre (e.g. comedies, action), helpful categories (e.g. free, sports, Live TV), and more.

Both new streamers are 1080p, full HD only.

It's a smarter device too, powered by the AZ1 Neural Edge silicon, it's now a lot more power efficient, consuming up to 20 per cent less, while also being faster to process commands - with Alexa saying it is 2x faster at speech processing. The streaming profiles will ensure that your personalized recommendations don't interfere with those of other users. Amazon also unveiled Alexa Care Hub, a feature created to let users monitor a family member's home.

Video Calling with Fire TV. Amazon plans to add support for Zoom, but the company hasn't revealed a launch date yet. In the United Kingdom, that means you'll be looking at a price tag of £39.99. Last year, Amazon wanted to get all over your body, with earbuds, eyeglasses and a ring for your finger.

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