8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says


"The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time - at home and in the auto", the outlet reports.

According to the report, the devices are wide-ranging but details are sparse - other than the aforementioned microwave, we could potentially see the launch of an automotive gadget and a high-end home audio set which would include an amplifier, a receiver and a subwoofer. The devices are apparently coming before the end of 2018 with an announcement planned for later this month, according to internal documents.

With the ever-increasing presence of smart digital assistants, it's not entirely surprising to see a wider range of devices and appliances being powered by them.

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

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen. There are also products such as the Roav Viva from Anker, an Alexa device which plugs into the 12-volt socket and plays music through the car's Bluetooth-enabled speaker system. Now, it seems Amazon is hoping to take things a step further with a clutch of new devices. Of course, there are rumours that Amazon is also building robots for the home. 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.

It previously announced a partnership with home construction company Lennar to include two Echo speakers in new homes and offered at-home visits from Amazon technicians.

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"We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", Bezos said in a statement in July.

Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month.

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