Amazon has revealed it’s ending support for its Cloud Cam house security digicam toward the end of this year, though it’s aiming to soften the blow by offering owners a pair of freebies.

In a widely reported electronic mail sent by Amazon to affected customers, the company stated it will replace the Cloud Cam with its more recent security digicam, the Blink Mini, and likewise present a one-year Blink Subscription Plus Idea price $100.

Amazon launched the Alexa-compatible Blink Mini in 2020, soon after it ended sales of the Cloud Cam. The company says the Mini affords “a straightforward-to-expend indoor security digicam expertise with 1080p HD video, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, evening imaginative and prescient, inch detection, and two-means audio.”

Customers with a Cloud Cam can continue to expend the plot unless December 2. After that, the digicam and its partner apps will lose their functionality. All video recording history shall be deleted, too, though customers can build any footage by downloading it before the December closing date.

Somebody using Cloud Cam Key Edition as a Zigbee hub will now now not be ready to expend it to connect to compatible locks or tackle pin codes within the Amazon Key app. On this case, affected owners shall be given a free Echo (4th expertise) that can encourage as a Zigbee hub, enabling a ways-off maintain watch over of a linked lock using Alexa.

One doable annoyance is that after the year’s price of free access ends, the brand new Blink Cam customers will possess to register to no decrease than the General Idea ($3 per month/$36 per year) to expend some aspects — for example, instant video access — that had been offered for free with the Cloud Cam.

In its recent electronic mail to Cloud Cam owners, Amazon stated: “With your wait on over the last five years, Cloud Cam has served as a dependable indoor security digicam and a hub for Amazon Key-compatible smooth locks that work with Alexa. Because the number of Alexa smooth house devices continues to develop, we’re focusing efforts on Ring, Blink, and a variety of technologies that come by your property smarter and simplify your every day routines. Therefore, now we possess determined to now now not continue support for Amazon Cloud Cam and its partner apps.”

Amazon plans to send all registered Cloud Cam owners minute print on how to come by their free Blink Mini and (if appropriate) Echo before December.

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