Amazon To Launch 8 Alexa-Powered Devices
Amazon is paving the way to move into the upmarket segment by making Alexa-powered equipments. According to a report, Amazon will launch 8 new hifi devices including an amplifier, a receiver and a subwoofer. The report said that users might get to see the products before the end of the year. Apart from these devices, Amazon is looking to introduce more devices like in-car gadgets. Most of the devices will be compatible with the assistant which means that they will be easily connected to the autonomous assistant. While some of them will be equipped with built-in Alexa. This report came a day after Audi revealed a new fully electric E-tron SUV making it the first vehicle to integrate Amazon’d voice assistant. As for now, the retailing giant is mum about the report. However, Amazon is likely to break the silence during an event, later in the month.
This new endeavour will give Amazon a head start in its quest to make the assistant omnipresent. These devices will pervade the life of the users due to their presence in areas where they spend majority of their time, that is, at home and in their cars. Alexa started out as an experiment at Amazon, however, its popularity made it one of the most popular voice assistants. This foray into the domain of home-appliances will be a first for Amazon.
Acquisition of Ring
Earlier this year, Amazon acquired Ring, a small doorbell manufacturing firm which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. Reportedly, the company is currently working on a discreet home robot project as well.
Earlier this month, Amazon hinted at the project to make Alexa enabled devices by stating their ambition to make the assistant ubiquitous. Also, according to the company, thousands of developers across the globe are now manufacturing Alexa enabled devices. The retailing-giant also says that the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year.