Amazon is reportedly working on eight new Alexa-powered devices

Amazon is reportedly working on eight new Alexa-powered devices

Amazon is reportedly working on eight new Alexa-powered devices

According to a CNBC report based on an internal document, Amazon is "doubling down" on Alexa and plans to release at least eight new voice-controlled hardware devices this year.

It could release a microwave, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer and an in-car gadget, CNBC reported, citing sources close to the situation.

Amazon is tipped to reveal a few of these gadgets at an event later this month. All of these products has Amazon's Alexa on some level and can act as a voice assistant.

Worth noting is the milestone this set of new products represents for Amazon, which would as a result be moving into the home appliance market for the first time. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon.

What the "in-car gadget" wasn't described, but the report noted that Garmin Ltd. now offers an Alexa-enabled dash cam. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen.

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

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.

Each one of these new products could open up fresh revenue streams for Amazon.

The CNBC report also suggests that Amazon could eventually use its Alexa-equipped smart home devices as an in with home builders. Sonos, for example, has a similar business model, as it said in its quarterly filing that it relies on "custom installers of home audio systems for a significant portion of our sale". But what Amazon's virtual assistant reportedly lacks in accent comprehension and overall IQ, it now makes up for in "visual style". In July, CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are".

Alexa is already linked up with several devices in the smart home market, ranging from voice-controlled thermostats, coffee makers, light bulbs and many more items.


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