Amazon is expected to announce these devices later this month, so stay tuned to TNW to find out what the company has in store.
Some of the devices will have Alexa built-in, while the others will pair to other Alexa-controlled devices.
However, as The Verge points out, the CNBC report doesn't mention if the new devices will be Echo branded or not, leaving room for Amazon to work on making Alexa a brand name. Amazon's entry into the market could put it head-to-head with other smart appliance makers, such as Samsung and LG, so it should be interesting to see how it will fare against the competition. For someone like me, who loves smart gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via phone or voice, this is awesome news. Audi, one of the popular automobile firms has recently took the wraps off its first ever electric vehicle that supports Amazon Alexa voice commands. 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 ... An Alexa-powered microwave oven could possibly allow users to start/stop the microwave, and set cooking times.
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Amazon is also reported to be working on a secretive home robot. Now, Amazon plans to step up the momentum by producing more of its own Alexa-powered devices, according to a report. Sonos has a similar business model.
Much like Sonos' partnership with IKEA, the more places Amazon can place its Alexa AI the better it is for the company. If CNBC's report is correct, it's clear that Amazon wants some of those products to be under its own umbrella even if that means expanding into new categories like kitchen appliances. Earlier this year, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians. In July, CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are".
Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month. With eight new Alexa-enabled devices, the company is working along that goal.