Voice in a Can brings Alexa to your Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad. It works on your watch standalone, without needing your phone.
Not all content is supported, for example audio books, music, podcasts and some flash briefings.
When your screen goes blank on your watch it disconnects from the Alexa service, so we recommend increasing the app timeout on your watch. Also, the best results will be obtained when your watch is operating without your phone nearby because then it will connect directly to the internet and not use your phone to connect.
Although it works with older watches and slow connections, we recommend using a Series 3 watch or later.
Improved VoiceOver support (accessibility) on the Apple Watch, so that VoiceOver speach doesn't get picked up by the Alexa Voice Service when you tap the Start/Stop button.
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.
How quickly it works depends enormously on the speed of your internet connection and how recent your watch is.
It should work much faster when your phone isn’t nearby, because then all communication isn’t channeled via the phone, and instead the watch can talk directly over WiFi.
I’m sorry the experience is so poor for you. If you can send me a log/feedback per the faq on voiceinacan.com I’d be happy to see if there is something else going on.
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!
Concerns Over Accessibility
As a blind person, I thought this might be a helpful app. Unfortunately in addition to being extremely slow to respond, the app itself is totally inaccessible and does not work with VoiceOver. If using VoiceOver one needs to configure the app through the watch instead. Additionally, it would be nice if there were some type of audio feedback in order to give a clearer sense of what’s happening. Ultimately, not a bad concept, but paying attention to accessibility and speeding up the response time should be priortized.
Thank you so much for this feedback.
I am putting together an update and will attempt to make the app more accessible. If you’d like to contact me (email address is at the end of the faq on the web site voiceinacan.com) I’d be happy to work with you to ensure accessibility is covered.
With regards to performance, this is down to the model of the phone and the internet connection speed. Ironically it works best when the phone is not nearby because then the watch can connect directly to the internet via WiFi or cellular.
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- 74.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.