Amazon plans to release eight IoT devices

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

According to a report by CNBC, Amazon may be gearing up to reveal up to eight new Alexa devices before the end of this year. Also, the range is said to be spread across different segments such as microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer and even an in-car accessory. The microwave will put Amazon head-to-head with the General Electric Co., which already offers a smart microwave, itself Alexa-enabled.

Amazon may decide to launch an entirely separate line dedicated to Alexa-equipped home devices, separate from the Echo line. Amazon has often taken a scattershot approach to its hardware initiatives, releasing not only massively successful products like the Echo home devices, but also experimental projects like Echo Buttons, a light-up device designed for gaming.

The in-car gadget and microwave oven make for particularly interesting additions. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg.

More so than other virtual assistants including Siri and the Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa has always been focused on the home.

Each one of these new products could open up fresh revenue streams for Amazon.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. As an example - earlier this year, it teamed up with the home builder Lennar to add Echo speakers in some new homes. Amazon's former director of Alexa Smart Home, Charlie Kindel, meanwhile, joined smart home service provider Control 4 in August.

Amazon declined to comment to CNBC regarding the report.

The CEO of Amazon has already made clear his ambition to make Alexa more widely used, as the company wants customers to be able to use the assistant wherever they are. Oh, and a voice-controlled microwave.

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