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Some of the devices will have Alexa built-in, while the others will pair to other Alexa-controlled devices.

The CNBC report also suggests that Amazon could eventually use its Alexa-equipped smart home devices as an in with home builders.

According to the report, the devices are wide-ranging but details are sparse - other than the aforementioned microwave, we could potentially see the launch of an automotive gadget and a high-end home audio set which would include an amplifier, a receiver and a subwoofer. The publication notes that Amazon will release some of the devices at an event scheduled later this month.

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 vehicle. Oh, and a voice-controlled microwave.

Much like Sonos' partnership with IKEA, the more places Amazon can place its Alexa AI the better it is for the company.

Google's $130 (£105) Home speaker is triggered by the phrase "Hey Google" while Amazon's Echo uses "Alexa".

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An in-car device would certainly not be new.

The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished-yes, a microwave.

All of the rumored devices would have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection).

Amazon is also reported to be working on a secretive home robot. Now, the online mega-retailer wants to do the same thing for devices that work with Alexa - and it wants to teach those gadgets some fun new tricks aimed at taking them to the next level.

Amazon is about to bring its Alexa voice assistant to a bunch of new products - and it's looking beyond smart speakers this time. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used.

Amazon doesn't disclose sales numbers for the Echo, but has previously said "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide.


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