8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says


Alexa and the Google Assistant now power hardware in different product categories such as smart displays.

Amazon is reportedly working on eight new Alexa-enabled devices - including a microwave - that it hopes to launch by the end of this year, reports CNBC. While all devices will have the ability to be connected with Alexa, only some will have Alexa built in. The company is expected to show them off at an event this month, CNBC goes on to note, according to an internal Amazon document.

However, Amazon's Alexa software has a wider range of skills on offer that enable it to link up with and control more third-party devices around the home.

It's believed Amazon will unveil a few of these Alexa-powered devices at an event later this month.

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You can already use Alexa on GE's smart microwave, which, sadly, is not called the Funcooker. Garmin, too, has an Alexa-compatible dash cam that be used in a auto.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news.

There's also a possible secret Amazon home robot to consider. These inclusions are the most likely, with Amazon looking to compete against Sonos' wireless speaker line-up (who already have a wireless amplifier for connecting wired speakers) and the Siri-enabled Apple HomePod.

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. 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". The company also partnered with Garmin recently to make the Garmin Speak Plus, a dash cam that connects to Alexa for in-car voice commands. "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". Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.