Details remain scarce at this point, but CNBC reports there could be eight new Alexa devices by the end of this year, including an in-car gadget. The devices include an amplifier, receiver, sub-woofer, in-car gadget and a microwave oven.
The new lineup will also pit Amazon against other companies that make Alexa-powered devices. "There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year". Some of the devices will also have Alexa built in. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.
'There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year'. When the first Echo debuted, many scoffed at the idea of having a home speaker with virtual assistant.
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Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot. Amazon is also stepping up partnerships with home installation companies and home builders.
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.
A light comes on to remind you that it's listening.