8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says

Todd Singleton
September 20, 2018

The internet giant is mulling the launch of eight new devices that can be controlled just by using your voice and its digital assistant technology, Alexa. Audi, one of the popular automobile firms has recently took the wraps off its first ever electric vehicle that supports Amazon Alexa voice commands.

The Alexa-enabled upcoming devices include a microwave own, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, among others. What this means is that Amazon wants other companies to make products that work with Alexa, without having to integrate all the necessary hardware for its functionality.

The breadth of devices in which Alexa can be found has been expanding, be it through third-party devices such as the Sonos Beam soundbar, or Amazon's own Fire TV Cube. It's worth noting that the company launched an SDK to help auto makers integrate the assistant into their vehicle entertainment systems last month, so it may have had this in the works for quite some time. As for what they'll be called, it's likely Amazon will go with entirely new branding to differentiate the home appliances from the Echo series.

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According to the report, Amazon is expected to reveal at least some of the devices later this month. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

The CEO of Amazon has already made clear his ambition to make Alexa more widely used, as the company wants customers to be able to use the assistant wherever they are. These being said, what Alexa-driven device would you like to get for this holiday season? "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 past year".

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