Amazon looking to launch up to 8 Alexa-powered devices

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

Amazon will reportedly hold an event sometime later this year to reveal the devices to the world.

Some of the devices will simply be able to connect to Alexa; others will have the digital assistant built in.

Amazon may decide to launch an entirely separate line dedicated to Alexa-equipped home devices, separate from the Echo line.

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Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news.

There's also a device to bring Alexa into your vehicle, though CNBC doesn't have much info on what that will look like. There are also products such as the Roav Viva from Anker, an Alexa device which plugs into the 12-volt socket and plays music through the car's Bluetooth-enabled speaker system. Per the report, the company intends to release at least eight new devices controllable by its digital assistant by year's end. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

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. One ongoing criticism of Amazon's Echo, Dot and related smart speakers is that their sound quality isn't great, whereas smart speakers by Sonos Inc., Google LLC's Home Max and even Apple Inc.'s HomePod offer high-fidelity sound, though with a price to match. Of course, there are rumours that Amazon is also building robots for the home. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium.

That could see the ecommerce giant get its gadgets and voice assistant into more rooms around your home, and perhaps get you to buy more stuff from its site.

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