Amazon could launch as many as eight new devices later this month

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

According to a report published by Global Market Insights at the end of July, Amazon's Alexa is one of the most popular voice assistants right now and the smart speaker market is expected to hit the US$30 billion milestone by 2024.

It could release a microwave, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer and an in-car gadget, CNBC reported, citing sources close to the situation.

With devices like a microwave, subwoofer, and amplifier on the list of new Alexa-equipped Amazon goods, we're starting to branch further and further away from just smart speakers here and there. Rumors of new products such as these indicate Amazon is looking to get a greater foothold in the smart home sphere, possibly spinning out the Alexa brand into a range of devices of its own.

Google and Apple have so far dominated the smart auto stereo market, and although there are a number of Alexa-enabled smart vehicle stereos on the market, this is a missing link for Amazon in its the Alexa-everywhere strategy.

Amazon has already made a point of making it as easy as possible for developers to build their own Alexa devices.

Meanwhile, additional details on these forthcoming smart appliances are extremely slim: CNBC cities only "an internal document" and "people familiar with the matter" before later stating that Amazon declined to comment. Per the report, the company intends to release at least eight new devices controllable by its digital assistant by year's end. For someone like me, who loves smart gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via phone or voice, this is awesome news.

Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg. But with that product, users must buy a separate Alexa speaker and then enable the two devices to work together. Sonos has a similar business model.

It reflects Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and auto. 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 past year'.

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