Amazon has one of the largest ecosystems of smart home gadgets on the market today. From Echo speakers to Ring's lineup of security cameras and doorbells, millions of users rely on Alexa-compatible gear to stay connected and protected. With a massive IoT presence, Amazon is no stranger to privacy concerns, and it seems like the company is once again facing some public scrutiny. Next week, a low-bandwidth mesh network will be activated across its gadgets in the US, leaving users only a few days left to opt out.
It's been a busy start to the year for Ring. After releasing one of the most affordable smart doorbells on the market today, the company has returned with not one but two new cameras designed to keep your home monitored when you aren't around. In addition to a brand-new Video Doorbell 4, Ring is finally upgrading its popular floodlight with the new Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. Both versions are gaining some great improvements over the last-gen models.
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I'm not sure about you, but there's nothing that sends a chill down my spine like someone ringing the doorbell. It's a necessary evil in our modern lives, but the modern world has also alleviated some of the stress—cloud-connected smart video doorbells are pretty much a revelation if you've never experienced one. You'll know every time someone is at the door, be able to check for packages without getting up from your couch, and avoid pesky door-to-door solicitors (when we have those again). Arlo, Nest, and Ring all have compelling options, but there's one we think is the best choice for most people, especially if you're using an Android phone and a Google-powered smart display like the Nest Hub.
Ring's video doorbells are amongst the most advanced ones on the market. Its existing Video Doorbell Pro already comes with a bunch of features, including a 1080p camera and a built-in infrared sensor. The new generation builds on these and adds extra technology, making it one of the best products in its category.
Those video doorbells out there might be nice and new, but they're also quite expensive and run on batteries you'll need to replace every so often. Amazon-owned Ring is launching its Video Doorbell Wired to address both of those pain points — notably, it's the most affordable in its portfolio.
Cloud security is always a concern when using smart home devices, but it's a little less so now with Ring devices. The company has announced that end-to-end encryption for video is rolling out today to all eligible devices. Ring has had some security issues in the past, so it's nice to see some good Ring security-related news.
Amazon just started sending out a big home screen redesign to Fire TV devices, but that's not all the new stuff that's coming. Owners of the second-gen Fire TV Cube, 2020 4K Toshiba Fire TV, and 2020 4K Insignia Fire TV will soon be able to view their security camera feeds in picture-in-picture mode without interrupting the content currently playing.
The holidays are upon us, and video calling is more important than ever these days for staying in touch with loved ones. Amazon is making that easier for users with the second-gen Fire TV Cube by enabling a new feature that lets a webcam be connected to the device for two-way video chatting on your TV — and the company also has new Alexa and Ring features coming to Fire TV.
Ring rolled out customizable motion zones for its cameras last week, and now Amazon and Best Buy have rolled out savings on select Ring cameras. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $169.99 ($80 off) and a Stick Up Cam 2-pack is just $159.98 ($40 off), making this a great time to sharpen up your home security.