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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. Amazon also has its Fire TV stick in India which comes with Alexa voice control. The devices include an amplifier, receiver, sub-woofer, in-car gadget and a microwave oven. Sonos released two speakers that feature Alexa.
Amazon is looking to expand the reach of its Alexa-driven portfolio and this month a few devices should be unveiled. 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. Alexa is arguably the most popular digital assistant for the home, which could give Amazon's devices an advantage.
Some of them will be revealed at an event later this month, CNBC reported. If true, this could also mark Amazon's debut in the home appliance market, something Apple and Google are yet to make inroads. And costing just $50 for its latest revision, it's an unrivaled entry point for Amazon's digital future. Whether the devices will be shipping in time for the holidays is unclear. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used. Named E-tron SUV, the vehicle needs to be linked to your Amazon account after which you will be able to give voice commands to play music, get weather information, to-do list and nearly everything that you can do with an Echo speaker.
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If the new devices are made and sold by Amazon, they would be in direct competition with similar devices made by Sonos and Garmin.
'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 previous year'.
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