Amazon is reportedly making a microwave -- and 7 other secret Alexa gadgets

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

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

A new report by CNBC suggests that the company has plans for at least eight new Alexa-enabled devices, ranging from predictable items, such as an amplifier and a subwoofer, to the less conventional, such as a microwave.

The upcoming product roster includes home entertainment gear like an amplifier, a receiver, and a subwoofer.

Amazon's voice-activated assistant Alexa has a significant presence in consumers' homes, thanks to the robust ecosystem of developers and manufacturers who are incorporating Alexa into their devices.

Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are the two most popular personal assistants in the market.The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Google Home speakers dominate the smart speaker market. "We're already pushing beyond that vision", Rausch told IFA attendees during a September 1 keynote.

Citing an internal document describing Amazon's plans, CNBC states that Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month.

The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time - at home and in the auto.

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Worth noting is the milestone this set of new products represents for Amazon, which would as a result be moving into the home appliance market for the first time.

There's also a possible secret Amazon home robot to consider. Earlier this year, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians.

'We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are, ' Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in the firm's most recent earnings report.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders.

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

However, Amazon's Alexa software has a wider range of skills on offer that enable it to link up with and control more third-party devices around the home.

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