As well as a microwave and the in-car gadget, the new product line up is thought to include an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer.
Some of the devices will have Alexa built-in, while the others will pair to other Alexa-controlled devices. The new devices will help realize Amazon's ambition of making Alexa ubiquitous in the customer's home and in their vehicle. Now, it seems Amazon is hoping to take things a step further with a clutch of new devices. Garmin, too, has an Alexa-compatible dash cam that be used in a vehicle.
The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished-yes, a microwave. Now, just a few years later, consumers have embraced other Alexa-enabled household devices including smart thermostats, TVs, door locks, vacuums, and security cameras.
Should we expect to see Amazon try to make more home devices smart? The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg. 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.
Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo.
Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. It uses voice, touch, and motion controls, so all you need to do is tap its screen and talk to check the weather, hear the news, or play music. Amazon is targeting customers where they feel most comfortable and spend the most time-at home and in their cars.