|Item Weight||6.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.2 x 6 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||AK-R5141113|
|Number of Items||1|
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Roav VIVA, by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for In-Car Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and Music Streaming. iPhone Users: Update to the latest iOS (11.4) (single item)
- Alexa Inside: Amazon's voice service gives you complete voice control in your car. Just say the word to get directions, listen to audiobooks from Audible, shop online, play music, and more over Bluetooth, Carplay, Android Auto, or an Aux in connection. Spotify feature will be added as soon as third party support is available. Updates will be posted here.What You Get: Roav VIVA, Manual, Quick Guide, Happy Card, Skills Cards, 12-month warranty and our friendly customer service.
- High-Speed Charging: Dual charging ports equipped with Anker's exclusive PowerIQ technology deliver blazing charging speeds to both driver and passenger. Qualcomm Quick Charge not supported.
- Tap To Mute: Just hit the button to effortlessly mute and unmute the microphones, so Alexa is only listening when you want her to be.
- Note: Please check your car's outlet before purchasing. If your VIVA cannot be plugged in or has connection issues with your car, return it for a full refund in 30 days. Please check the list of unsuitable car models below. If you have other issues, contact us via Live Chat in the app. May have compatibility issues playing media via Bluetooth with Doge Caravan. Try connecting your phone to your car via CarPlay/Android Auto/Aux in.
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Voice Controlled Navigation
The first car charger to allow Alexa to give you directions while you drive.
Just say the word and call anyone while keeping your eyes on the road.
Ask Alexa to instantly play your music.
(Spotify will be supported as soon as available).
Listen to Audiobooks
Hear stories from Audible while you drive.
In-Car Sound Isolation
With Acoustic Echo Cancellation, VIVA accurately relays every word to Alexa.
Simultaneous High-Speed Charging
Dual USB ports equipped with Anker’s patented technology deliver the fastest possible charge to driver and passenger.
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|Item Dimensions||4.21 x 6.02 x 2.03 in||3.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 in||2.8 x 2.4 x 2.6 in||1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 in||2.56 x 1.1 x 1.1 in|
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Alexa on the Road
VIVA brings Amazon's advanced voice service into any vehicle. Enjoy an ever-expanding library of 25000+ skills. Get directions, play music, get a flash briefing of your day, shop online, and more. Just ask Alexa.
Just ask for directions and Alexa will open Google Maps or Waze to seamlessly guide you to your destination.
Music and Calls
Enjoy complete voice-control while you drive. Just ask Alexa to instantly play your favorite songs from Amazon music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, or Tunein. (Please note: Spotify feature will be added as soon as third party support). VIVA syncs locally with your phone (nothing goes on the cloud) to call anyone on your contact list while Alexa calls other Alexa devices.
Car models with possible issues:
Acura : RSX Type S 2006 and ILX 2017. Audi : A5 2010. BMW : 325xi 2014 and 328 GT. Cadillac : ATS Premium 2014 and CTS 2014. Chevrolet : Malibu LTZ 2010. Chrysler : Sebring 2008 and 300 2014. Dodge : Challenger 2012 and 2018. Ford : Focus 2004, Fusion 2010 and Mustang GT 2011. Honda : Accord, Civic 2005; Crosstory 2011; Fit 2015; and Odyssey 2007. Hyundai : Genesis Coupe 2011 and Tiburon 2004.
Infiniti: G35 2005, G37 2013 and G37 XS 2010. Jaguar: XE 2017 and 2018. Kia: Soul 2016. Lexus: GS 350 2007; RX 350 2015; NX 200t 2017 and RX 350 2011. Mazda: CX-5 2014; CX-5 Grand Touring 2015; CX-9 2016; Mazda 6 2009 and 2015; Mazda Miata; and RX-8 2008. Mercedes: C 250 Coupe 2012; C 300 2015; CLK350 2008 and SL550 2013. Nissan: 2015 Sentra, Altima 2017 and 2018. Pontiac: Grand Am 2005. Subaru: Impreza 2010. Toyota: Scion tC 2006; 4Runner 2007; Sequoia 2011; Corolla 2016. Volkswagen: CC 2013; Golf GTI 2016; Jetta 2013 and Tiguan 2011. Volvo: S80 2008.
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I'd been looking forward to this device since I heard about it, and waited until a few reviews came in before ordering. Based on my experience vs. some of the initial reviews I saw, I'm guessing there were a lot of free or discounted for review units sent out to folks, but who knows maybe I just got a bad unit (more on this later).
I was really looking forward to having Alexa on the road, for adding quick todos to my lists, controlling some of our home automation before we got home, and a little music from time to time.
While all of these activities are possible with Viva, they are so annoying to perform, I finally unplugged the device.
1. Easy setup
2. Much smaller than I expected it to be, which is nice
1. The device works about 10-15% of the time with the "Alexa" wake word. Most of the time it just ignores you. While I expected it to be a little worse in a mobile environment than at home, it's unusable. Even with a parked car, and the audio turned way down, it's hit or miss as to whether Viva will hear you. The device does have a "wake" button, but feeling around for that while I'm driving is a pain, and not what I thought I was buying.
2. The App integration seems off- I assumed the app could just be left running in the background on my phone, and this works some of the time, but other times the app needs to be active (for the same command) to work. I wasn't able to figure out the rhyme or reason to this, but having to pull the app up and leaving it running the whole time every time I get in the car is a pain. If I could actually wake the device when I wanted, maybe the app part would be tolerable, but instead it is just another annoyance compounding with Viva. (FWIW, I'm using an iPhone X)
3. Support? - This is one of those companies that starts sending you emails after you purchase their item from Amazon. Usually, I don't mind this since the mails offer tips and instructions, or offer help. I finally responded to one of several mails ("if you need help respond to this mail"), and described my issues, and asked if I maybe had a bad unit, or if they had any suggestions. This was last week, and I haven't heard from them at all.
4. Bluetooth integration - this one is a bit of a nit, but I'm putting it here because I couldn't find the answer to this anywhere before I ordered mine. Obviously if you are listening to music from Viva, you need your car set to bluetooth audio mode in your car. But other times I might just want to hear the response from Alexa and leave my audio set to radio or satellite. Even though most navigation apps can handle this (sending the audio through the always active bluetooth phone channel), Viva app does not. The car must be in bluetooth audio mode for you to hear any responses at all - so if you are listening to audio from any other provider, you must switch your car over to BT audio mode, just to hear the weather or even the "OK" that Alexa has heard your command.
5. Viva **Loves** audiobooks and podcasts! After giving up on this thing, and kind of trying to forget about it, I took a several hour roadtrip where I finished an audio book, and then listened to podcasts. The Viva finally woke up constantly (every 3-6 minutes) from the speaking, even though nothing in the audio sounded like "Alexa". I was bored and driving, and kind of amused by the constant "Sorry, I don't understand" so I left Viva plugged in to se how bad it really was. The record was 14 minutes, but in general it was every 3-6 mins for it to inaccurately respond to a non-wake word. I finally unplugged it. While we're used to our home Alexas waking up from time to time incorrectly, it's usually kind of funny since it only happens once a week or so, but every 3-6 mins is not funny at all.
I'm hoping this unit may get better over time (with a firmware update) - but for now, it's in the glovebox.
1) Setup, configuring, and updating was a cinch
2) The device is nice is the ability to dim the light is a great feature for night
3) The app is well laid out and has many options including allowing you to select which map app to use for directions
4) In the two days I have it it has already updated it software once, showing me that company is actively making it better
5) Speaking and having Alexa respond is easy and I have very little issue command Alexa to do things, with that she does not always translate correctly I am telling her.
1) Navigation and contact integration - I have repeated ask Alexa to give me directions to work and she has yet to be able to send me to the proper location. I have also tried "Alexa give me directions to home, and she has not got that right either". With that said if I speak the full address in she does end up getting it right. But I should be able to say a name or business and have it take me there.
2) Unable to send a text message - Functionality does not exist.
3) Calling works OK but sometimes she does not get the right contact.
4) No Spotify integration - coming soon (knew before purchasing)
So to recap the company is actively working on it and if you expect it to be perfect you will be disappointed at this point. The main points I would want this in my car is for directions, music, phone calls, and text. All of these have issues in my case, close to rendering it useless except for "Alexa play station X on TuneIn." Which I am not sure I actually need a virtual assistant for. If they could get the directions functioning and the ability to send and read texts to you this would be a 5 star rating.
Information - Audi A3, IPhone 7 plus, IOS 11.3
Updated 3/9/18 - Their customer support has been great. They have resolved the issue with Waze and not knowing my home and work addressed. This was caused by the Alexa App not having the correct addresses set in the Alexa App -> Settings->Traffic. They have also worked through my cutting out issue and will have a fix in a new release. As with all new products you need to work closely with the company to help them recognize and work on fixes. So far their customer service has been top notch. This will get 5 stars once they add Spotify and fix the cutting out when using waze for directions. It is much closer to making my phone completely hands free in my car.
That said, I do have a couple of minor gripes. First, you have to keep the app open on your phone for Alexa to work. It would be much more convenient if the app could run in the background while you are using other apps. It also does not seem to be able to hear my voice unless I speak slightly more loudly than usual.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this device.
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