Anker is present at CES 2018 and officially introduced the Roav Viva - already known by the Anker Community. Several tech outlets reported on the launch:
It’s nice seeing Anker get recognition not only at an environment such as the CES but also by so manu outlets. I’m not sure of the timing, but the full page for the Viva is on at the Roav website as well: VIVA - Roav Nice specs!
The Viva seems like a no-brainer for anyone wanting a smart assistant in their cars. 50$ US for a smart charger with Alexa is a nearly unbeatable price, but it does depend on one’s willingness to buy into the Amazon ecosystem instead of whatever is already packed into one’s smartphone. It’s not a product for me personally - I just bought a car with CarPlay and Android Auto integrated, and even if the functionalities are not yet all the same, I’m sure other assistants won’t take long to catch on.
You know what I would love, though? Integrating it with a dash cam able to not only record video but also take decent photos. I can’t remember how many times I was driving through a nice spot but my wife couldn’t get to the camera on time to snap a picture. If we could just ask the assistant “take a photo with my dash cam!” it would save us the hassle to have the nice memento.
Does anyone here is a beta-tester? I’m curiously waiting for the first reviews to drop!
I agree. I am an iPhone user, therefore I prefer Siri. I don’t want to have to go into another ecosystem. Hence, I have refrained from getting the Echo and others similar. Now, if there is a way to use it with Siri, I’d be totally in. Other then this, I love the look of the unit. I was actually contacted to be a beta tester but didn’t do so because I didn’t want to change ecosystems.
@cava3395 well, that wasn’t a good review. LOL… Hopefully he got the beta version. I can see how products like the Viva would be a great tool to have in the car. But for me, having to use another ecosystem doesn’t make me want to venture into it. As the reviewer stated, most people already have the “assistant” feature on their smart phones.
Same here. I have CarPlay in my car, and I love it - even if I’m not able to use Google Maps. Apple Maps has greatly increased since its launch. Funny story: the one time I though I knew better and changed course, I ended up wasting 30 minutes due to roadblocks and detours… From that day on, I keep telling my wife “just trust Siri!”
It’s a shame that Apple will probably never open Siri the way Google and Amazon opened their assistants to be integrated by third-party manufacturers.