Amazon is holding a surprise hardware event in Seattle today. The online retailer is expected to unveil new Alexa-powered devices, just ahead of the busy holiday season. Amazonâ€™s event kicks off at 10:30AM PT / 1:30PM ET, and The Verge will be live covering the news as it happens.
Amazon hasnâ€™t refreshed its Echo hardware since the company introduced a white version of the Alexa-powered speaker last year, and recent price drops have hinted that a new device could be near. Amazonâ€™s existing Echo speaker is currently â€œunavailableâ€ at the companyâ€™s online store right now, so weâ€™re expecting to see something new. Amazon could also be readying a new Fire TV set-top box with support for Alexa, or a refreshed Fire TV Stick to better compete with Googleâ€™s Chromecast.
Other recent rumors have suggested Amazon might be preparing a new security camera, separate from the companyâ€™s Echo Look product that was launched earlier this week. The Financial Times reported last week that Amazon is working on a home security camera and a pair of smart glasses with Alexa integration. The glasses will reportedly look like regular spectacles with bone-conduction technology so owners can hear Alexa without the need for earphones or conventional speakers.
Amazonâ€™s event today comes less than 24 hours after Google moved to block YouTube on the Echo Show. While we probably wonâ€™t find out more about that particular battle, weâ€™ll find out exactly what Amazon hardware is on the way at 10:30AM PT / 1:30PM ET. Stay tuned to The Verge for all the latest news.