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Parrot reportedly grounds its toy drones

The French company is instead focused on its Anafi camera drone line.

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The toy mini drones are done for, it seems.

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If you're a fan of Parrot's Bebop or Mambo drones , you might want to snag one while you still can. The French drone maker is reportedly pulling out of the mini drone market as it focuses future development on its flagship line of Anafi drones.

Tech site Wirecutter on Thursday tweeted that it "got official confirmation" that Parrot was pulling out of the mini drone market. In an email Friday, a representative for Parrot confirmed the Mambo and Bebop product lines have been retired, though they can still be found at select retailers. Parrot's future production and development will be focused on the Anafi line.

Parrot's mini drones weren't really designed for shooting great aerial videos. The smaller drones, like the palm-sized Mambo, aimed to let you experience the fun of piloting a drone without forking out too much cash.

Last year, Parrot launched its compact, lightweight Anafi camera drone. Since then, Parrot has updated the Anafi with new photo and video features and released a version with a thermal camera. The Anafi lineup includes drone configurations aimed at both consumers and professionals, according to Parrot.

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