First of all, I love my Blink XT cameras and I am thankful Blink allows us to give our opinions in this community. Produts that have been released and available to buy have non-negligible effort and love.
Having said that. I have to agree 100% with @omayhemo. @marktheknife, people working inside will not explain what’s going on so we can only make assumptions.
Here are mine:
The reasons why a company buys another company are not always the same reasons customers have for buying their products
Amazon buys two companies of the same target market in a short period of time. It’s not a secret that the main reason to acquire Blink was for reusing its low-consuming technology in their own products. Probably some of the products presented this week in the Devices Event have already integrated this technology. My point is, why do you need two companies making the same product? With the costs it implies, it only has sense when you target different audiences with different price ranges. Having Blink 0 mentions in Devices Event 2018 you may imgine who is daddy’s boy.
2. Where is the Panic Siren?
Right after Ring is acquired it abruptly disappears arguing it needed rework. I think there was a great idea behind Blink’s Siren by reusing the same camera framework. I am still waiting for a convincing reason but in the mean time, Ring has already one Siren.
3. Where is the Video Doorbell?
I can read in this thread @nick_at_blink stating
the needs and desires of Blink customers is, and always will be our top priority
Well Nick, I can also read you saying in another thread that Video Doorbell was also top priority for Blink. As I explained in a topic that has been deleted, it is quite clear that project has been cancelled, you only have to search for the documents in the FCC on 13th September. The strange part is, right a week before requesting dismissal, many other documents were uploaded on 5th September with manuals, tests and many other things indicating everything was sound. A week is not a realistic timeframe to realize that all the work you have been doing during more than a year has to be thrown away. So, the reasons of reworking on a product are nonsense to me, it’s more likely related to point 1.
We are witnessing the dismantling of Blink.