Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end

Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end

Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month, according to an internal document describing the plans.

As well as a microwave and the in-car gadget, the new product line up is thought to include an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer.

If these new devices are launched, it would be Amazon's first foray into the home appliances market, and will place it in direct competition with the likes of Sonos, GE and Garmin who already offer Alexa-enabled products for the home and auto.

To do so, Amazon is launching the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, a new set of software tools designed for third-party gadgets that connect with Amazon's Echo devices via Bluetooth. For someone like me, who loves smart gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via phone or voice, this is awesome news.

It's not just new products for the home the company is working on, meanwhile. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon.




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.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news. Sonos, for example, has a similar business model, as it said in its quarterly filing that it relies on "custom installers of home audio systems for a significant portion of our sale". Amazon is also stepping up partnerships with home installation companies and home builders.

Amazon is about to bring its Alexa voice assistant to a bunch of new products - and it's looking beyond smart speakers this time.

Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month.

"We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", Bezos said in a statement in July. With eight new Alexa-enabled devices, the company is working along that goal.

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