Last week, at Amazon’s yearly refresh of technology products, the company revealed Ring security devices (including an indoor video patrol drone), Eero mesh networking equipment, Fire TV streaming sticks, and, most importantly — new Echo smart speakers with Alexa.
However, many of the innovations demonstrated running on the freshly announced Echo devices were not product enhancements that required hardware upgrades. Because many of the new Alexa features and functionality are being rolled out to Amazon’s cloud service, many of the Alexa devices already in your homes will be getting a more natural voice and the conversation mode — assuming you don’t need that new AZ1 neural edge processing chip in order to take advantage of those enhancements.
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These enhancements are not unlike when Apple rolls out an improved iOS or WatchOS. The older versions of the iPhone/iPad/Watch get