Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave


Amazon plans to release a slew of devices with its personal assistant Alexa by the end of this year, at least according to a new report leaking the alleged plan.

Voice assistants have slowly spread from smartphones and smart speakers, landing on computers, cars and much more.

As well as a microwave and the in-car gadget, the new product line up is thought to include an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer. Amazon reportedly has a minimum of 8 Alexa-based hardware devices in the pipeline, all of them now unannounced, that will potentially be available to purchase for the holidays. 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.

According to the report, Amazon is expected to reveal at least some of the devices later this month. Amazon's entry into the market could put it head-to-head with other smart appliance makers, such as Samsung and LG, so it should be interesting to see how it will fare against the competition.

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Amazon isn't the only company trying to spread its digital assistant.

It's unclear how commercially successful the new devices will be. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in July the company wants customers "to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", which adds some obvious context to the new products in the pipeline. 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. Earlier this year, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians.