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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. The new devices include an amplifier, microwave, subwoofer, receiver, and an in-car gadget.

Amazon is expected to announce these devices later this month, so stay tuned to TNW to find out what the company has in store. 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. If CNBC's report is correct, it's clear that Amazon wants some of those products to be under its own umbrella even if that means expanding into new categories like kitchen appliances. Wake word detection and speech sync both seem like particularly intriguing new tools for developers to take advantage of - I'd bet on Amazon's efforts bearing some pretty interesting fruit in the months ahead.

The breadth of devices in which Alexa can be found has been expanding, be it through third-party devices such as the Sonos Beam soundbar, or Amazon's own Fire TV Cube.

All of the rumored devices would have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection).

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The information comes from CNBC, which reports that Amazon is planning to release various voice-controlled devices allegedly including a subwoofer, amp, microwave oven, and something that will be used within a vehicle, all of them featuring Alexa.

Amazon is also reported to be working on a secretive home robot.

Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. Amazon is also stepping up partnerships with home installation companies and home builders. Alexa has pushed Amazon to become a leader in home automation, with an assortment of home accessories deeply integrated into the platform. Amazon could launch a few from the list towards September-end. These being said, what Alexa-driven device would you like to get for this holiday season?

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