Amazon could drop 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave

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

Amazon reportedly plans to release a bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year — including a microwave

Amazon is all set to introduce a range of Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. Those potential devices include everything from a microwave oven to an in-car gadget to a subwoofer, and some will come with Amazon's voice assistant built-in.

CNBC reports that Amazon is expected to officially reveal the new devices at an event to be held later this month, with a microwave amongst the potential gadgets. All of the devices will be Alexa-enabled, meaning they can easily connect to the voice assistant.

All of the rumored devices would have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection). The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen.

It's unclear if the new devices will consist exclusively of collaborations between Amazon and other tech manufacturers, or if all of the devices will be made and sold by Amazon. Sonos already has an amplifier and subwoofer that works with Alexa, while GE has a smart microwave that can be connected to and controlled with Alexa. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are the two most popular personal assistants in the market.The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Google Home speakers dominate the smart speaker market.

Voice assistants have slowly spread from smartphones and smart speakers, landing on computers, cars and much more.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders.

Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month.

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

"We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are", Bezos said in a statement in July.

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