Amazon planning "high-end hi-fi" range with Alexa voice control

19 September, 2018, 04:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Credit: Tom's GuideAccording to a report from CNBC, Amazon is going to roll out at least eight more Alexa-equipped hardware devices before the end of the year. According to CNBC, the new devices include a microwave, receiver, subwoofer, amplifier, and an in-car solution. CNBC's report claims that an internal Amazon document points at the online retailer revealing some or all of these devices at an event scheduled for later this month. This cute little device is like a combination white noise machine, personal assistant, and stereo, plus it's fully compatible with Amazon Alexa.

Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, which competes with Google Assistant. The company also partnered with Garmin recently to make the Garmin Speak Plus, a dash cam that connects to Alexa for in-car voice commands.

The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished-yes, a microwave. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

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Having its own home appliances also opens up a new sales channel for Amazon. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg. Amazon is also stepping up partnerships with home installation companies and home builders. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used. Amazon is targeting customers where they feel most comfortable and spend the most time-at home and in their cars.

Basically, instead of relying on Bing and Wikipedia searches as before, Alexa will now use Getty's monumental library of 300 million "assets" to bring "best-in-class visuals to Echo users" whenever possible. It's available on various devices like smartphones and smart speakers, and lets you check the weather, play music, and control smart devices in your home with voice ...

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