Roav Viva by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger in-Car Navigation, Compatible with Android and iOS Smart Devices
- 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, or Android Auto. (Note: FM transmission, AUX, and Spotify are not supported.)
- 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.
- Supports Alexa Communication: Calling, Messaging, Drop In, and Announcements—all hands-free.
- What You Get: Roav VIVA, user manual, quick start guide, happy card, 12-month warranty, and our friendly customer service. (Note: Roav VIVA is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.)
- Note: Please check the dimensions of the space surrounding your car's cigarette lighter to see if VIVA will fit before purchasing. If your VIVA cannot be plugged in or has Bluetooth connection issues, return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchasing. Please check the list of unsuitable car models VIVA is incompatible with in the User Guide found in the Technical Specifications section below. If you have other issues, contact us via Live Chat in the app.
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Voice Controlled Navigation
The first car charger to allow Alexa to get directions for you while you drive.
Just say the word and call anyone while keeping your eyes on the road.
Play music from nearly any app. (Note: does not support Spotify. Apple Music support coming soon.)
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 technology deliver the fast possible charge to driver and passenger.
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Alexa on the Road
VIVA brings Amazon's advanced voice service into any vehicle. 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
Calling, Messaging, Drop In, and Announcements, in addition to playing music (supports Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Deezer, and more)—all hands-free. (Note: does NOT support Spotify or Apple Music.)
2 powerful mics use cutting-edge technology to filter out sounds outside of normal speaking frequency. Alexa hears what you say, not the noise in your car or from the road.
Car models with possible issues:
Acura: 2017 ILX. Audi: 2010 A5. BMW: 2014 325xi; 2012-2018 328 GT. Cadillac: 2014 ATS Premium; 2014 CTS. Chevrolet: 2010 Malibu LTZ. Chrysler: 2008 Sebring; 2014 300.
Dodge: 2012 and 2018 Challenger. Ford: 2004 Focus; 2010 Fusion; 2011 Mustang GT.
Honda: All Accord models; 2005 and 2007 Civic; 2011 Crosstory; 2015 Fit; 2007 Odyssey.
Hyundai: 2011 Genesis Coupe; 2004 Tiburon. Infiniti: 2005 G35; 2013 G37; 2010 G37 XS.
Jaguar: 2017-2018 XE. Kia: 2016 Soul. Lexus: 2007 GS 350; 2015 RX 350; 2017 NX 200t; 2011 RX 350. Mazda: 2014 CX-5; 2015 CX-5 Grand Touring; 2016 CX-9; 2009 and 2015
Mazda 6; 2008 RX-8. Mercedes: 2012 C 250 Coupe; 2015 C 300; 2008 CLK 350; 2013 SL 550.
Nissan: 2015 Sentra, 2017-2018 Altima. Pontiac: 2005 Grand Am. Subaru: 2010 Impreza and 2016 Outback.
Toyota: 2006 Scion tC; 2007 4Runner; 2011 Sequoia; 2016 Corolla. Volkswagen: 2013 CC; 2016 Golf GTI; 2013 Jetta; 2011 Tiguan. Volvo: 2008 S80.
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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.
My issue with this device are firmware updates. For one your car has to be on to update it while your phone is near the car adapater. I must have run this update 15 times now. Each time taking at least 15-20 minutes and the device constantly fails at around 80% every time.
There’s also an issue with some skills where the device constantly goes in a loop as if it’s asking for a follow up request from you but it keeps going over with the Alexa beep over and over forcing to be physically removed from power over and over again. Maybe this issue is fixed in a later firmware, but I am unable to update the firmware no matter how many times I try or over full LTE signal or WiFi :(
However just two days later I'm looking to return it. Today when I asked it to perform tasks it did without issue a couple days ago it tells me that feature is not supported. It seems the ONLY things I can do with it now are play Prime Music (no Spotify or SirusXM) and ask about the weather.
If this charger was Qualcomm 3.0 compatible I might have given it a couple more stars but it unfortunately is not. You would be much better off getting a fast charge 3.0 charger for a lot less and just using Google Assistant or Siri on your phone.
I really wanted to like this - I've bought other Anker products and been very happy with them. They missed the mark with this one though.
Top international reviews
Really disappointed in this product,got fed up waiting on Alexa auto so thought I'd give the Roav Anker a try, wish I hadn't bothered, so back to my old VicTsing FM transmitter until Amazon hopefully release the Alexa Auto
Sound quality not very good when you can hear what's going on during the phone call/music.