Amazon planning to release new Alexa devices, including a microwave

Amazon planning to release new Alexa devices, including a microwave

Amazon planning to release new Alexa devices, including a microwave

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa isn't well integrated in smartphones like its competitors Siri, Bixby and Google 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.

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. And as far as your kitchen is concerned, that means an Alexa-integrated Amazon microwave is on its way. 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.

The information comes from CNBC, which reports that Amazon is planning to release various voice-controlled devices allegedly including a subwoofer, amp, microwave oven, and something that will be used within a auto, all of them featuring Alexa. CNBC's report claims that an internal Amazon document points at the online retailer revealing some or all of these devices at an event scheduled for later this month.

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

It's unclear whether the devices will be branded as part of the Echo line, which includes devices like the original Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

Amazon is also reported to be working on a secretive home robot.

Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, which competes with Google Assistant. "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", CEO Jeff Bezos said in July. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report. "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 past year".

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