Amazon is reportedly baking Alexa into a microwave this year


According to the report, Amazon is expected to reveal at least some of the devices later this month.

The Alexa-enabled upcoming devices include a microwave own, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, among others.

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

The microwave is getting the majority of the headlines and rightfully so, since it will be the first time Amazon has entered the home appliance market. For someone like me, who loves smart gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via phone or voice, this is awesome news.

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. The more in-house products and partnerships Amazon can score for Alexa, the better. Oh, and a voice-controlled microwave. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.

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All of which underscores how the company, pun very much intended, is certainly at home sniffing out opportunities wherever it can to put new Alexa-powered gadgets in the hands of consumers.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in July the company wants customers "to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", which adds some obvious context to the new products in the pipeline. Sonos has a similar business model. But it looks like the e-commerce firm is planning to expand its hardware portfolio drastically with as many as eight devices if the latest report by CNBC holds some weight.

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

Amazon doesn't disclose sales numbers for the Echo, but has previously said "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report.

'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'.