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


According to the report, the devices are wide-ranging but details are sparse - other than the aforementioned microwave, we could potentially see the launch of an automotive gadget and a high-end home audio set which would include an amplifier, a receiver and a subwoofer.

Smart speakers are becoming a fixture in our households.

The Seattle-based tech giant plans to release at least eight new voice-controlled devices this year, according to CNBC, including a number of home gadgets. Alexa is arguably the most popular digital assistant for the home, which could give Amazon's devices an advantage.

Alexa is already linked up with several devices in the smart home market, ranging from voice-controlled thermostats, coffee makers, light bulbs and many more items.

Originally released way back in 2014, Alexa is starting to lose precious ground in the battle for AI supremacy against its young and ambitious Google Assistant challenger. Speaking at the IFA trade show in Berlin earlier this month, Daniel Rausch, vice president of smart home at Amazon, said the company's vision for Alexa was to create something similar to the Star Trek computer - something anyone could use anywhere and in a natural way.

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Much like Sonos' partnership with IKEA, the more places Amazon can place its Alexa AI the better it is for the company. In July, CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are".

'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'.

Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot. When the first Echo debuted, many scoffed at the idea of having a home speaker with virtual assistant.

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

It's unclear if the new devices will consist exclusively of collaborations between Amazon and other tech manufacturers, or if all of the devices will be made and sold by Amazon.