Amazon Prepping 8 New Alexa Products

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Credit: Tom's GuideAccording to a report from CNBC, Amazon is going to roll out at least eight more Alexa-equipped hardware devices before the end of the year. However, an Alexa-powered microwave oven definitely sounds cool, not to mention the others that should arrive by the end of December: an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget.

Smart speakers are becoming a fixture in our households. All of these will be Alexa-enabled with some even having Alexa built in. Alexa has pushed Amazon to become a leader in home automation, with an assortment of home accessories deeply integrated into the platform.

Amazon is going to be offering its own Smart Plug, letting you add Alexa voice control to any plug socket.

It's unclear how commercially successful the new devices will be. Rumors of new products such as these indicate Amazon is looking to get a greater foothold in the smart home sphere, possibly spinning out the Alexa brand into a range of devices of its own. If true, this could also mark Amazon's debut in the home appliance market, something Apple and Google are yet to make inroads.

The new features sound like a good fit for gee-whiz integrations from third-parties that make Alexa-friendly toys and novelty gadgets.

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Amazon has signaled that it wants Alexa to be in more places than just your bedroom or living room. "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", CEO Jeff Bezos said in July.

'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 a year ago'. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg. Named E-tron SUV, the vehicle needs to be linked to your Amazon account after which you will be able to give voice commands to play music, get weather information, to-do list and nearly everything that you can do with an Echo speaker.

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

More so than other virtual assistants including Siri and the Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa has always been focused on the home.

A light comes on to remind you that it's listening.

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