Today, Amazon will be supposed to announce brand-new Alexa-enabled devices, as well as BuzzFeed News will be reporting live by the company’s, um, balls (called The Spheres), located just outside of its headquarters in downtown Seattle. The announcements start at 10 a.m. Pacific, so stay tuned here for more.
The event invite said which “brand-new features as well as products related to Amazon’s devices business” will debut. Internal documents leaked to CNBC point to eight brand-new voice-controlled Alexa devices planned for launch by the end of the year, including a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, as well as an in-car gadget. There are dozens of Alexa-enabled products by third-party manufacturers like Anker as well as Huawei already available — by chatty thermostats to dash cams to third-party smart speakers. The devices are all part of Amazon’s ambitions to integrate Alexa everywhere so users can ask questions as well as buy things with their voices, at any time.
During last year’s event, Amazon unveiled the Echo Spot, a little round smart speaker using a screen as well as video conferencing camera, a second-generation Echo, as well as the Echo Plus, which will be designed to automatically connect to smart home devices.
An estimated 43 million Americans own a smart speaker, NPR as well as Edison Research reported in July 2018. as well as according to research by Strategy Analytics, the Google Home Mini, which will be powered by the Google Assistant, was the entire world’s best-selling smart speaker during the second quarter of 2018, with 2.3 million units shipped. The Echo Dot, which was last updated in 2016, followed closely behind, with 2.2 million units shipped.