There are a lot of details we still don’t know about the Fire TV Recast, Amazon’s newly announced over-the-air DVR for Fire TVs that also works with the Echo Show and mobile devices. There are some things that we probably won’t learn until the device ships, but through reading Amazon’s lengthy FAQs page and asking Amazon directly, here are details about the codecs and specs of how the Fire TV Recast records video, stores it, and how it’s played back. Read more ›
Amazon had a huge day yesterday announcing loads of new devices and features. I’ve covered most the new hardware in individual posts but I haven’t yet had the chance to cover all the new software features coming to Alexa and their devices. Before I do that, here is a full list of all of the new hardware devices that Amazon has announced, along with a breakdown of the different variations and discounts available for each device. Read more ›
Amazon has just announced the Fire TV Recast, a DVR an over-the-air DVR that can stream live or recorded channels from an antenna to Fire TV devices, the Echo Show, and both Android and iOS mobile devices. It’s available in a 2-tuner model with 500GB of storage for $229.99 or a 4-tuner model with 1TB of storage for $279.99. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a bunch of new devices and features. The posts that are going up on the site right now contain a bare minimum of information about each announcement, just so you’re aware of what is coming and to get the conversation going in the comments. I’m just one person and can’t possibly immediately cover everything in as much detail as I normally do, but I will be circling back to every post and updating them one-by-one with a full write-up.
All posts have now been updated. Thank you for your patience.
Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show. The new model improves on the last model in nearly every way. It’s much better looking and has a front that is dominated by a large 10.1-inch HD touchscreen. It features premium sound through a pair of side firing speakers behind the display. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in Charcol or Sandstone colors and will arrive on October 11th. Buying 2 at the same time will automatically take $100 off at checkout. Read more ›
Amazon has announced the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp for audiophiles who want to add Alexa music streaming to their high-end audio equipment. The Echo Link provides multiple audio in and out connections, including coaxial, RCA, and optical. It also has a subwoofer out connection and an Ethernet port for its connectivity. On the front is a headphone out jack and a large volume dial. The Echo Link Amp features the same ports but adds a pair of left and right speaker connections that are used with the built-in 60W two-channel amplifier. The Echo Link will be $199.99 when it’s released and the Echo Link Amp will be $299.99. Neither one is available to pre-order yet, but you can sign up to be notified when they’re available.
Amazon has announced the Echo Input. It’s essentially an Echo Dot but without the built-in speaker. It’s the most affordable way to add Alexa to existing speakers. It includes far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa, as well as a mute and action button on the top. The Echo Link will be $34.99 when it’s released, but currently you can only sign up to be notified when it’s available to order. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a new Echo Wall Clock. Much like the new AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa capabilities, the Echo Wall Clock does not actually have Alexa built-in, nor does it have microphones or a speaker in the device itself. Instead, it falls into the Alexa Gadget category of devices and serves as a companion to Echo devices to serve as a visual indicator for Alexa timers and reminders. Read more ›
The rumors were true, Amazon has announced an Alexa microwave. The AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa is a 0.7 cu. ft. microwave with 700W of power that you can control with your voice. Alexa isn’t actually built-into the microwave, meaning there are no microphones or speakers in the microwave. Instead, the microwave responds to commands from your Echo devices, but it does take Alexa integration a bit further than you might think. The microwave is available to pre-order now for $59.99 and will arrive on November 14th. Read more ›
Amazon has announced the Echo Auto as their first device to add Alexa to your car. It’s a relatively tiny device that sits on your dash and provides hands-free Alexa capabilities through its array of 8 microphones. Amazon is adding in a lot of new car-specific capabilities to Alexa, like navigation directions that appear on your phone through Waze and Apple Maps integration, so they’re not quite ready to sell the Echo Auto to everyone. That’s why it’s currently only available by invite. It will be $49.99 when it’s released, but those who receive an invite to purchase will pay only $24.99 during the introductory period. Read more ›