Amazon unveils upgraded Fire TV Stick, lower-cost Fire TV Stick Lite

Yolanda Curtis
September 25, 2020

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Amazon on Thursday tried to take its devices beyond the cylindrical smart speaker design it initially embraced. As in, dump everything it has planned for the next year in one fell swoop.


The news came from Amazon's yearly Echo event where the company unveiled a series of new products and services including redesigned speakers and updated Alexa capabilities. Amazon is moving away from sharp-edged and focusing more and a softer look that allows for seamless integration into your home decor. Read on to see what you can nab this holiday season and beyond. Apple's assistant Siri has had the advantage of being installed on consumers' iPhones, but in the US market for smart speakers, Amazon's devices with assistant Alexa have had a clear lead, according to research from firm eMarketer. "Echo and Echo Dot look lovely and sound even better". According to Ring, the drone "makes an audible sound" as it buzzes through your home. When it's not in use it sits in a dock that physically blocks the camera.

Connect is an API for auto manufacturers to build Ring into a vehicle's broader security system. A new Ring Car Alarm is meant to be plugged into the car's OBD-II port and it includes built-in sirens and sensors to monitor for car theft. The Ring Car Alarm is priced at $60, while the Ring Car Cam is priced at $200. Just like everyone else Amazon have also included a new gaming controller in the package (for a fee) with the controller not going back to the streaming device via Bluetooth and then to the cloud but instead will connect directly to the AWS servers to decrease latency of commands. Both are available in multi-packs for larger homes. Users can now ask for an invitation to try the Luna game streaming service. There's a "curated" group of games (includes a partnership with Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6) and it costs $5.99/month for an early access subscription.


Both the new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, both out September 30, feature a 1.7GHz quad-core processor that Amazon says makes the devices 50 percent faster than the previous Fire TV Stick model. The Fire TV Stick Lite comes with the Alexa Voice Remote Lite, which retains most of the functions but lacks the volume and mute buttons for controlling the television.

The Fire TV Stick retains its $39.99 price point, while the aggressively priced Fire TV Stick Lite starts at $29.99. This includes support for streaming at up to full-HD resolution at 60fps, software-level support for HDR formats, 8GB internal storage, and the redesigned user interface with access to Alexa and other new features.


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