Amazon is reportedly baking Alexa into a microwave this year

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

Amazon reportedly plans to release a bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year — including a microwave

The online retailer is working on eight new Alexa-powered gadgets, CNBC reported, citing "people familiar with the matter".

There's also a possible secret Amazon home robot to consider. GE already makes a microwave that supports Alexa; there are also a bunch of products from other hardware brands like Logitech and Garmin that help you take Alexa on the road, so it'll be interesting to see what Amazon comes up with to take them on. The more in-house products and partnerships Amazon can score for Alexa, the better.

Voice assistants have slowly spread from smartphones and smart speakers, landing on computers, cars and much more. The outlet adds that these gadgets will either have Alexa built-in or can easily connect to the assistant.

It's not just new products for the home the company is working on, meanwhile.

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But the move signifies Amazon's heavy interest in the connected home. This is Amazon preparing to push into all of your home electronics and appliances.

The report notes that Alexa was initially considered "a geeky experiment" at Amazon, but it is now one of the most popular voice assistants as it leads the growth of the smart speaker market. 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. Sonos has a similar business model. A few months ago, 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", Bezos said in a statement in July.

'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 previous year'. The new devices will help realize Amazon's ambition of making Alexa ubiquitous in the customer's home and in their vehicle.

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