Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

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

Amazon planning

Sonos has subwoofers and amplifiers that work with Alexa, while GE's microwaves support the assistant.

According to a report by CNBC, Amazon may be gearing up to reveal up to eight new Alexa devices before the end of this year. But we can also expect an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car device, among others.

"The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time - at home and in the auto", the outlet reports.

It's believed Amazon will unveil a few of these Alexa-powered devices at an event later this month.

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At the time, Rausch said that Alexa worked with 20,000 products, up from 4,000 at the start of the year. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used. This is Amazon preparing to push into all of your home electronics and appliances.

It previously announced a partnership with home construction company Lennar to include two Echo speakers in new homes and offered at-home visits from Amazon technicians. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon. The company acquired Ring, a smart doorbell maker that also makes Alexa-compatible devices, earlier this year. Oh, and a voice-controlled microwave. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

It's not just new products for the home the company is working on, meanwhile.

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.

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