From amps to microwaves, Amazon tipped to reveal more Alexa devices

19 September, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Amazon is about centuple down on its Alexa-powered devices, according to a new report.

Amazon is expected to announce these devices later this month, so stay tuned to TNW to find out what the company has in store.

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.

If the new devices are made and sold by Amazon, they would be in direct competition with similar devices made by Sonos and Garmin. Amazon has often taken a scattershot approach to its hardware initiatives, releasing not only massively successful products like the Echo home devices, but also experimental projects like Echo Buttons, a light-up device designed for gaming. Garmin, too, has an Alexa-compatible dash cam that be used in a vehicle. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

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

All of which underscores how the company, pun very much intended, is certainly at home sniffing out opportunities wherever it can to put new Alexa-powered gadgets in the hands of consumers.

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.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders. Around this time past year, Amazon revealed the newest members of the Echo family: the Echo Spot and updated Echo speakers. 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", Bezos added at the time, "and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year".

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