Amazon planning to release new Alexa devices, including a microwave

Amazon planning to release new Alexa devices, including a microwave

Those potential devices include everything from a microwave oven to an in-car gadget to a subwoofer, and some will come with Amazon's voice assistant built-in.

The report arrives via CNBC who says they've learned of the new devices, as well as an upcoming event, thanks to details in internal documents.

Not content with its existing range of Alexa voice-controlled speakers such as the Dot and Echo 2, Amazon is now gunning for the hi-fi market proper according to CBNC.

Amazon may decide to launch an entirely separate line dedicated to Alexa-equipped home devices, separate from the Echo line. Some of the devices will also have Alexa built in. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen.

It's not just new products for the home the company is working on, meanwhile.

Google's $130 (£105) Home speaker is triggered by the phrase "Hey Google" while Amazon's Echo uses "Alexa". It's available on various devices like smartphones and smart speakers, and lets you check the weather, play music, and control smart devices in your home with voice ... The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.


Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa.

Voice assistants have slowly spread from smartphones and smart speakers, landing on computers, cars and much more.

Having its own home appliances also opens up a new sales channel for Amazon.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders.

Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are the two most popular personal assistants in the market.The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Google Home speakers dominate the smart speaker market. But it looks like the e-commerce firm is planning to expand its hardware portfolio drastically with as many as eight devices if the latest report by CNBC holds some weight.

'There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the previous year'.

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