Amazon reportedly plans to roll out more Alexa-enabled hardware

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

Details remain scarce at this point, but CNBC reports there could be eight new Alexa devices by the end of this year, including an in-car gadget. Some of these will come with Alexa built-in, but others will merely be Alexa-enabled.

There's also a device to bring Alexa into your auto, though CNBC doesn't have much info on what that will look like.

The CNBC states that Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month as more and more consumers come around to the idea of the connected smart home.

With the ever-increasing presence of smart digital assistants, it's not entirely surprising to see a wider range of devices and appliances being powered by them. The more in-house products and partnerships Amazon can score for Alexa, the better.

Speaking of the home appliance market, we should note this is not Amazon's first involvement with that market, not by a long shot. Sonos has subwoofers and amplifiers that work with Alexa, while GE's microwaves support the assistant. Garmin, too, has an Alexa-compatible dash cam that be used in a auto. The amplifier, for example, can be used as the central audio panel to control multiple speakers that are set up across the home.

Amazon could be planning to seriously beef up its line of Alexa-enabled devices.

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Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa.

Each one of these new products could open up fresh revenue streams for Amazon. Now, Amazon plans to step up the momentum by producing more of its own Alexa-powered devices, according to a report.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. A few months ago, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians.

Alexa previously got visual with the Echo Show.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report. "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".

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