However, an Alexa-powered microwave oven definitely sounds cool, not to mention the others that should arrive by the end of December: an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget. The publication notes that Amazon will release some of the devices at an event scheduled later this month.
Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news.
Bringing Alexa to more devices fits in with the plans Amazon has outlined for its voice assistant. While all devices will have the ability to be connected with Alexa, only some will have Alexa built in. Amazon's entry into the market could put it head-to-head with other smart appliance makers, such as Samsung and LG, so it should be interesting to see how it will fare against the competition.
It's not just new products for the home the company is working on, meanwhile. Of course, there are rumours that Amazon is also building robots for the home. But it looks like the e-commerce firm is planning to expand its hardware portfolio drastically with as many as eight devices if the latest report by CNBC holds some weight. This also expands Amazon's drive to make its Alexa voice technology widespread, especially in areas where people spend most of their time: at home and in a auto. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium.
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It reflects Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and vehicle.
"We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", Bezos said in a statement in July.
Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are the two most popular personal assistants in the market.The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Google Home speakers dominate the smart speaker market.