Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave

Also, the range is said to be spread across different segments such as microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer and even an in-car accessory. These inclusions are the most likely, with Amazon looking to compete against Sonos' wireless speaker line-up (who already have a wireless amplifier for connecting wired speakers) and the Siri-enabled Apple HomePod.

Alexa previously got visual with the Echo Show. CNBC's report claims that an internal Amazon document points at the online retailer revealing some or all of these devices at an event scheduled for later this month.

Now, a CNBC report states that Amazon is "doubling down" on its Alexa-powered devices, as it plans to release at least eight new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year. This means that users will be able to control the devices with the Alexa app on their smartphones. Amazon is also stepping up partnerships with home installation companies and home builders. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon. It has also strengthened the smart speaker market, which is expected to be touch $30 billion by 2024.

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Amazon may decide to launch an entirely separate line dedicated to Alexa-equipped home devices, separate from the Echo line. Companies that are already working on products using Alexa's new capabilities include some of the big names in the toy industry: Hasbro, Baby Plus, TOMY International, eKids and others.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news.

This marks Amazon's jump into the smart home appliances market, where it will directly compete with companies like GE and Sonos. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium. "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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