8 new Alexa devices planned including a microwave, report says

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Amazon is about to add its popular voice assistant Alexa to more than half a dozen new products - devices that range from a microwave oven to an in-car gadget, all of which will reportedly be unveiled at a company event later this month. They may show them all off before the end of the month.

Amazon's voice-activated assistant Alexa has a significant presence in consumers' homes, thanks to the robust ecosystem of developers and manufacturers who are incorporating Alexa into their devices.

The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time - at home and in the vehicle. If true, this could also mark Amazon's debut in the home appliance market, something Apple and Google are yet to make inroads. It's available on various devices like smartphones and smart speakers, and lets you check the weather, play music, and control smart devices in your home with voice ... If you like privacy, well, lol.

Alexa-enabled amplifiers, receivers and subwoofers are not much of a stretch from the company's existing lineup of smart home speakers.

It's unclear whether the devices will be branded as part of the Echo line, which includes devices like the original Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.

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Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, which competes with Google Assistant. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg. Earlier this year, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians.

Amazon has signaled that it wants Alexa to be in more places than just your bedroom or living room.

'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'.

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.

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