A year ago, electronics company Anker added Amazon Alexa to its Roav Viva charger, now it offers Google. Anker and JBL, at CES 2019, announced latest Google Assistant-equipped gadgets which connect through the 12-volt car lighter port, so they can boost up a number of new and old cars with hands-free voice control and music playback, along with further features.
This is an extension for Anker, a global leader in charging technology, of its existing Roav line of car adapter and charger combos, and its latest Google model, named Roav Bolt. Last year, Anker’s Roav Viva that relied on Alexa, its new model is exclusively powered by Google Assistant. The electronics company’s model also comes with two standards USB Type A ports for charging and the Bolt features Bluetooth 5.0 with an auxiliary port for physical connections. It can mainly handle any of the voice commands that users basically chuck on Google Home or equivalent devices. The device will start shipping by next month, the company noted.
On the other side, JBL’s Link Drive is not all that much different, but it looks it doesn’t have any ports for charging. But also, the device comes with some ingenious noise-canceling features for avoiding noises like traffic and wind to pick up user’s voice commands. It also manages a link to user’s car stereo either through the Aux port or Bluetooth. The Link Drive can also switch off user’s car stereo automatically when they use ‘OK Google’ expression, so they can speak with clarity to the device without any noise, and it plans to start the shipment of its device in Q2 this year.