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Luna, a Ring camera drone, new Alexa features: Everything Amazon announced during the fall

Amazon's smart home brands are getting more powerful -- and independent -- this season, thanks to a Ring flying robot camera, spherical smart speakers and a new cloud-gaming service.

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Amazon Luna
A new cloud gaming service starting at $6 per month
$50 at Amazon
Amazon Luna Controller
Luna Controller: $50
The controller for Amazon's new cloud gaming service
$100 at Amazon
Echo 4th gen: $100
The new spherical Echo speaker arrives Oct. 22
$50 at Amazon
Echo Dot 4th gen: $50
Amazon's entry-level speaker gets a 2020 makeover, too
$60 at Amazon
Echo Dot Kids Edition panda version
Echo Dot Kids Edition: $60
Some fun speaker designs for the kids
$60 at Amazon
All new Echo Dot with Clock
Echo Dot with Clock: $60
The new Dot -- with a built-in digital display
$250 at Amazon
Echo Show 10: $250
Totally new smart display can pivot and follow your movements around the room
$129 at Amazon
Eero 6: Starts at $129
Amazon's next-gen mesh router
$229 at Amazon
Eero Pro 6: Starts at $229
More bandwidth
$40 at Amazon
Fire TV Stick 2020: $40
Improved video streamer, with TV power and volume control
$30 at Amazon
Fire TV Stick Lite: $30
Basic HD streaming at a lower price

Along with the expected updates to Ring, Fire TV and Echo products, Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with the new Luna cloud-gaming service. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season. That means putting Alexa everywhere -- inside homes and out -- and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today's life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that  Amazon  has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever. 

Amazon/Screenshot by Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET

The company's Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges, and it's working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode and an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. Amazon also pledged to build solar and wind farms to generate energy to match the consumption of all its devices.

Watch this: All of the announcements from Amazon's crazy fall event


The company launched a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There's a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some of them.

It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.

Read more: Amazon gets into game streaming with Luna


This is the custom controller that connects directly to the cloud, which Amazon says reduces roundtrip latency by 17 milliseconds to 30 ms, compared to a controller connected via Bluetooth to a PC, Mac or Fire TV.

Amazon/Screenshot by CNET

Redesigned with a new spherical shape and able to adapt to the acoustics of the room, the fourth-gen Echo incorporates features formerly in the Echo Plus. It's also a bridge to Amazon's Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology to accelerate Alexa.

Read moreAmazon announces a new spherical Echo smart speaker

Read our Amazon Echo (2020) review.

It gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now sports a stylish fabric cover and a better speaker.

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review.


Also spherical, with some kid-friendly features, the Kids Edition includes voice profiles for the children and Sidekick, which lets Alexa read to them.


It now has Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and is quiet when it pivots in your direction. For privacy, there's a built-in camera shutter, and all Echo devices will have a command to review privacy settings and "delete everything I've ever said." It will also support Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.

Read more: Amazon announces the Echo Show 10


Amazon's mesh network gets an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 and Zigbee support. It's available for preorder now.

Read more: Amazon unveils new Eero mesh routers that support Wi-Fi 6


The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed to handle higher bandwidth -- up to gigabit, as opposed to 500Mbps -- connections.

Read our Eero Pro 6 review.

Amazon/Screenshot by Juan Garzon/CNET

Ring Car products: $60-$200

Three new car-centric Ring products

Ring's $200 Ring Car Cam will help users document traffic stops, collisions and other road events.

Debuting with Tesla, the $200 Connect uses a vehicle's built-in external cameras to capture video in the event that something happens to the car while driving or parked.

Lastly, Ring's $60 Car Alarm plugs into your car's onboard diagnostic port and uses sound and accelerometer sensors to monitor the vehicle for bumps, break-ins, tows or other events.

There are no product pages on Amazon yet but we'll add them here when they arrive. 

Read more: 'Alexa, I'm getting pulled over': Ring debuts three new car-centric devices


Ring Always Home Cam: $250

A home sentry drone. Really

An autonomous camera that can fly within your home on a preprogrammed route or fly to a motion detection area.

There is no product page on Amazon yet but we'll add it here when it arrives. 

Read more: Ring's flying Always Home Cam robot camera monitors more of your home

Watch this: Ring combines a drone and a security cam for a flying home monitor

Ring Mailbox Sensor: $30

A motion sensor for your mailbox

Ring's $30 mailbox sensor will let you know if someone's tampering with your mail or stealing parcels. Preorders start Oct. 8.

Read more: Ring's Mailbox Sensor lets you know if someone's messing with your mail 


It's more powerful than before, with a faster interface, 1080p HDR and Dolby Atmos support, but it uses less power. (If you want 4K, you still need to spend up for the $50 Fire TV Stick 4K.)

Read more: Fire TV Stick Lite streamer costs $30 basic version, $40 for the one with the better remote 

Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020) review.


It's similar to the all-new Fire TV Stick, but lacks the integrated TV controls on the remote. 

Read more: Every new Alexa feature Amazon just announced: Hunches, Alexa Guard and more

Correction, Sep. 24: The Fire TV Stick's maximum resolution is 1080p, not 4K as a previous version of this story said.

Watch this: Amazon's hardware chief talks Alexa, privacy and flying home security drones