**For reasons outside my control the watch app can be slow communicating with Amazon's Alexa servers (see below)**
Voice in a Can brings Alexa to your Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad. It works on your watch standalone, without needing your phone and can be launched from a complication. You can use a Siri Shortcut to launch the app and start speaking, just by raising your wrist to your mouth on Apple Watch.
Amazon restrictions mean that not all content can be supported, for example audio books, music, podcasts and some flash briefings.
The fastest results are obtained when your phone is not nearby, letting your watch connect directly to the internet over WiFi or cellular.
If your phone is nearby then the watch channels all communications via your phone, over a slow bluetooth connection. If your phone doesn't have a great connection to the internet then that will also slow things down. This can lead to long waits while the app initiates a connection with Amazon's servers on the watch.
o Siri Shortcuts are supported. On your phone you can register a word or phrase used to launch the app, such as "Voice in a Can" or "Alexa";
o On your watch you can raise the watch to your mouth and say the same word to launch the app, you'll feel a gentle tap when it is ready. It might take a few minutes for the shortcut to sync from your phone to your watch (outside my control);
o All complication types are now supported (all the old ones, and the new ones);
o The font size used on the watch has been toned down a little.
Ratings and Reviews
Dues not work well
I have a recent apple watch. I was hoping this app would be like the reverb app for the iPhone. The reverb app is super simple to use and just works. The voice in a can app needs a lot of improvement. Everytime you start it there is a process it needs to go through before you can use it. First it needs to start. Then synchronize. Then authenticate. Then it often tells me that I seem to be offline when I am not. Then it just started listening with no interaction from me and then I have to tap it to get it to stop listening. By this time in the process I have been standing and starting at my watch for about 45 seconds to a full min. I could have used my phone to do what I want.
When the app finally does receive a command, it is often not able to execute it. I hope this app improves since I paid for it.
Developer Response ,
If you sort reviews by Most Recent you'll see that the app has improved significantly since this initial release that you reviewed a long time ago. I'd be interested in hearing your experience with the most recent release.
To slow to be useful in the wild
I had great hopes for this app when I heard about it. I have a large number of home automation devices and I use Alexa frequently to turn on light, change thermostat, control my entertainment system. But I found the app even on my own WiFi so incredibly slow that in the time it takes to get it to even start. I can grab my phone from my pocket, pop up the app, and click on what I want to do before my watch complication is even ready. The startup process for the app needs to be a lot faster to make it worthwhile. It literally takes close to minute to start the watch app. All the while you have to keep the app active or the whole process of starting it has to start again!
This app is the entire reason I bought the Apple watch
Apple wasn’t getting another dime from me until I heard about this app. I. Love. Alexa. Like I can’t even explain how much I use Alexa. My kids laugh at me because I forget she’s not in the car. Siri and I had a huge falling out after that maps glitch when she got me lost in the middle of nowhere. Forget which iOS that was but it’s over forever. Anyway this app works great with my v3 watch and I love being able to control my mass array of smart home gadgets with it from anywhere. Truly a life changer.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review.
As an independent sole developer doing this in my spare time it can be a little dispiriting to see negative reviews citing issues that are out of my control.
It's encouraging and uplifting to see this kind of review. Thanks!
- Atadore SARL
- 124.5 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.