Amazon sets a date for its big 2021 Echo and Ring devices event

Amazon has set the date for its subsequent big devices and companies event, and if earlier years are something to go by we are able to anticipate new Echo and Ring {hardware} together with doubtlessly a few surprises. The event will kick off at 9am PT (12pm ET) on Tuesday, September 28, and as with final year’s it’ll be online-only.

Last year Amazon didn’t maintain again on new good house {hardware}. Along with the brand new Echo Show 10, which might rotate below its personal energy to face the particular person interacting with it, Amazon additionally had a new, spherical Echo good speaker.

The smaller Echo Dot – and its Echo Dot with Clock sibling – supplied a lower cost level, and the brand new Echo Dot Kids Edition dressed that up in additional playful designs. As for Ring, we noticed the Ring Car Alarm debut, plus the promise of end-to-end video encryption. Amazon additionally introduced a collaboration with Tesla, with the Ring Car Connect for the automaker’s EVs.

Elsewhere, the Eero Pro 6 and Eero 6 added WiFi 6 to the acquainted mesh networking, whereas the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite kicked off pricing at below $30. Amazon additionally launched Luna, its cloud gaming service, full with a devoted wi-fi controller.

Just as a lot a showcase for {hardware}, although, Amazon’s occasions have turn into demonstrations for its software adjustments. Alexa sometimes performs a key half in that – final year we noticed group calling assist, Netflix on Echo Show, and interactive instructing instruments – nevertheless it’s additionally a chance to see what developer instruments and enhancements have been launched.

Finally, it’s a likelihood for Amazon to shock. Last year, that meant the Ring Always Home Cam – a flying digicam drone that promised automated patrols of your own home – although the gadget remains to be but to truly launch commercially.

For 2021, it’s doubtless we’ll see refreshes of Amazon’s core Echo vary. After all, with the vacations approaching, that’s a key alternative for Amazon to place extra good audio system in customers’ properties – and double-down on their dedication to Alexa as a platform, reasonably than the Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri. The new Amazon-branded Fire TV vary is also expanded.

We’ll most likely additionally hear extra concerning the controversial Amazon Sidewalk, the shared neighborhood community that Amazon opted to allow by default earlier within the year.

On the “weird tech” facet, that might effectively be the rumored wall-mounted Echo touchscreen. Billed as being an in-wall good house hub, it will assist position Alexa as a key means of interacting with the related house and IoT, if the rumors are to be believed.

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