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Amazon acquires Blink, the maker of connected cameras and doorbells

by Justin Herrick | December 22, 2017December 22, 2017 2:00 pm PST

Almost two years after releasing its first product, Blink has been acquired by Amazon. The company behind several connected devices announced the deal on its website.

Blink doesn’t plan to overhaul its current roadmap in the immediate future. Although Amazon now owns the company, Blink will continue to run independently for the most part. Existing customers don’t have to worry about their products being outdated or losing support just yet.

It’s more likely that, in the second half of 2018, Blink’s products become integrated with everything else Amazon does. And we shouldn’t rule out the brand being phased out and rolled into the Echo family at some point. Alexa-based capabilities should be expected from the next generation of Blink-made hardware, at the very least. When Amazon acquires a company, it typically doesn’t ignore opportunities for synergy.

Blink already sells indoor and outdoor cameras, and a doorbell was planned to be released sometime next year. The connected doorbell should still be on track to arrive in 2018 without any major changes.

Neither company disclosed how much the acquisition cost.

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