8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says

Image of Amazon packages

Image of Amazon packages

Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget". Unfortunately, they did not reveal what will be unveiled later this month, when Amazon is expected to unveil some of these devices.

Some of the devices will have Alexa built-in, while the others will pair to other Alexa-controlled devices. 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.

It's unclear if the new devices will consist exclusively of collaborations between Amazon and other tech manufacturers, or if all of the devices will be made and sold by Amazon.

Amazon has already made a point of making it as easy as possible for developers to build their own Alexa devices.

Speaking of the home appliance market, we should note this is not Amazon's first involvement with that market, not by a long shot.

The news comes via CNBC, which reports that at least eight new Alexa-powered products are on the way which include a subwoofer, an amplifier and a receiver. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium. Around this time a year ago, Amazon revealed the newest members of the Echo family: the Echo Spot and updated Echo speakers.

Regardless, for Amazon, getting Alexa into your microwave is about more than just cooking burritos and popcorn more convenient. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report.

The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished-yes, a microwave.

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