Amazon planning "high-end hi-fi" range with Alexa voice control

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Rumors of new products such as these indicate Amazon is looking to get a greater foothold in the smart home sphere, possibly spinning out the Alexa brand into a range of devices of its own. Now, Amazon plans to step up the momentum by producing more of its own Alexa-powered devices, according to a report.

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. Those potential devices include everything from a microwave oven to an in-car gadget to a subwoofer, and some will come with Amazon's voice assistant built-in.

Some of them will be revealed at an event later this month, CNBC reported.

Amazon may decide to launch an entirely separate line dedicated to Alexa-equipped home devices, separate from the Echo line. Sonos has an amplifier and subwoofer that works with Alexa, while GE has a smart microwave that can be connected to and controlled with Alex.

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Voice assistants have slowly spread from smartphones and smart speakers, landing on computers, cars and much more. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon. "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".

The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished-yes, a microwave.

It previously announced a partnership with home construction company Lennar to include two Echo speakers in new homes and offered at-home visits from Amazon technicians.

Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report.

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