Amazon just wrapped up its fall hardware event, and it was packed with a number of big announcements. There are a number of new Echo devices, such as a spherical redesign of the tried-and-true Echo. Amazon also showed off improvements for Alexa, including new security features. We saw a bunch of new Ring devices — one of which was a drone that can autonomously fly around inside your home. And Amazon finally took the wraps off its long-rumored cloud gaming service, Luna.
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Amazon showed off a totally redesigned Echo with a new spherical look. It has Zigbee support, functions as an Amazon Sidewalk bridge, and has “premium, adaptive sound” from Dolby. It will cost $99 and will release on October 22nd.
Amazon has also brought the new look to the smaller Echo Dot ($49.99) and Echo Dot with Clock ($59.99). They’re available for preorder today. And new Echo Dot Kids Edition designs have cute panda and tiger designs, and they’ll cost $59.99. They’re also available for preorder today. (The regular Echo Dot ships on October 22nd, while the clock model ships on November 5th.) Alexa can also now recognize and respond to children’s voices with new voice profiles for kids.America Retail