Amazon Alexa is coming to more devices including a microwave

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

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

According to a report published by Global Market Insights at the end of July, Amazon's Alexa is one of the most popular voice assistants right now and the smart speaker market is expected to hit the US$30 billion milestone by 2024. A survey from digital agency Acquity detailed that by 2019, nearly two-thirds of people plan to own a smart home device.

The devices include, among others, a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, people familiar with the matter said. That could give Amazon a chance to rival high-end voice-activated audio offerings like Google's $400 Home Max, Apple's $350 HomePod, and Samsung's Galaxy Home.

All of Amazon's new devices will be compatible with Alexa, while some will come with the digital assistant built-in. It's worth noting that the company launched an SDK to help auto makers integrate the assistant into their vehicle entertainment systems last month, so it may have had this in the works for quite some time. Now, Amazon plans to step up the momentum by producing more of its own Alexa-powered devices, according to a report. This is Amazon preparing to push into all of your home electronics and appliances.

Regardless, for Amazon, getting Alexa into your microwave is about more than just cooking burritos and popcorn more convenient. Whether the devices will be shipping in time for the holidays is unclear.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

If the new devices are made and sold by Amazon, they would be in direct competition with similar devices made by Sonos and Garmin. With eight new Alexa-enabled devices, the company is working along that goal. But with that product, users must buy a separate Alexa speaker and then enable the two devices to work together.

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