8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says

19 September, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Camille Rivera
  • Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Sonos has subwoofers and amplifiers that work with Alexa, while GE's microwaves support the assistant. Given the massive number of dash cams now on the market and Amazon's push into amplifiers and other audio products, the in-car gadget could possibly be a smart stereo instead.

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.

At the time, Rausch said that Alexa worked with 20,000 products, up from 4,000 at the start of the year. 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. The upcoming products will mark Amazon's first step into the home appliances field, and CNBC notes that this will thereby put the company in direct competition with companies like Sonos and GE.

Google and Apple have so far dominated the smart auto stereo market, and although there are a number of Alexa-enabled smart vehicle stereos on the market, this is a missing link for Amazon in its the Alexa-everywhere strategy. Of course, there are rumours that Amazon is also building robots for the home. Now, just a few years later, consumers have embraced other Alexa-enabled household devices including smart thermostats, TVs, door locks, vacuums, and security cameras. 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. In July, CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are".




Basically, instead of relying on Bing and Wikipedia searches as before, Alexa will now use Getty's monumental library of 300 million "assets" to bring "best-in-class visuals to Echo users" whenever possible.

'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'.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders.

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