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Evi to give Siri a run for her money

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Evi to give Siri a run for her money
Since the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple’s new digital assistant has taken center stage. Both the highlight reel of their product launch and the center of their marketing campaign, Siri has been answering the questions asked by joggers, children, and even Santa in the television blitz of the last three months. As with any new high profile app, several imitators were quickly released to various markets, although most placed a distant second place to Siri’s polished and generally well-received voice interaction.

Now the first serious challenge to Siri’s dominance has emerged, and “she” goes by the name of Evi. The brainchild of True Knowledge, Evi combines the company’s advanced semantic processing with a license of the same Nuance-based voice-to-text abilities that Apple baked into Siri. The result can be extremely impressive, as in brief testing Evi returns to complex questions that Siri either can’t answer, or only answers by punting to a web-search. Even better for most users is that Evi is available on both iOS and Android without being tied to a specific phone. And “she” is available in markets where Siri isn’t ported yet.

That’s not to say Evi is a clearly superior solution; for one thing, True Knowledge’s server’s seem to be having trouble keeping up with the Android version of the app (it’s clearly labeled a beta in the Android Market). The integration isn’t as deep into the respective operating systems as Siri – you can’t get Evi to make an appointment for you the way you can with Siri. Also, Evi’s “voice” is less realistic sounding even than Siri, and doesn’t have the same lively personality that has charmed many an iPhone 4S customer.

Still, the sever load issue will presumably get solved sooner rather than later, and at least for Android there’s no reason why Evi can’t eventually be made to hook deeper into the calendar and other native apps. Since Evi isn’t tied to any particular hardware, iPhone 3GS/4 users can rejoice, and she could easily show up on WP7, Google TV, or most any other platform.

It took less than six months for the first serious competitors to Apple’s AI to show up; if there proves to be a market for digital assistants beyond the iPhone, it’s clear that there’s going to be serious competition sooner rather than later. And in the end, that’s always better for the consumer.

source: True Knowledge via TechCrunch
market links: iTunes, Android - Android users be warned: the beta service routinely does not get a response from the servers right now (although checking back later often returns an answer).

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posted on 23 Jan 2012, 15:22 2

1. Skyrim (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I still haven't really bought into "siri" but i'll go ahead and try this out on my Inspire 4G

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 16:40 2

8. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


dont waste your $$$ doesn't work

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 18:07 5

10. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


It's free. What money is he wasting?

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 00:24 2

14. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


time is money

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:17

23. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


amen
sir

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:16

22. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


its 99 cents on apples site itunes

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 10:59 1

29. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its free on android. zing!

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 15:33

2. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I don't care about stuff talking back to me. throw some functions of Siri into google voice that I'm missing (like creating GPS based events)

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 15:38 2

3. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Does it give the same smart ass remarks? Like when you ask Siri where you can hide a body she searches for swamps dumps graves and the like. Ask her the meaning of life and she says 42. This kind of "versatility" and personality. Along with great functionality is what makes Siri awesome. Otherwise it'll Just be voice commands that are well integrated that get old sooner rather than later.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 16:26 3

6. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


No, and I specifically mentioned that in the article: "Also, Evi’s “voice” is less realistic sounding even than Siri, and doesn’t have the same lively personality that has charmed many an iPhone 4S customer."

Right now Siri is definitely a better solution for people who prize her wit.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 17:47

9. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Oops. I overlooked that part. Good lookin out.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:01

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so far, evi keeps telling me she cant connect to the internet to actually do anything. might be an ICS bug. so as of right now.. she's worth squat to me. :(

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:18

24. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


same here maybe she's busy listening to siri lmao

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 02:49

17. bloodline (Posts: 688; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


lol that kind of entertainment would last 5 mins. Faceunlock was far more impressive than siri

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 03:06

19. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Oh sure the random questions and answers are only entertaining for a moment, but the versatility that is portrayed makes for a very lively and personable experience.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 16:21

4. deviantirish79 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Ill give it a try. I personally like speaktoit. Is customizable. has great features. Although just like Evi it wont connect to calander either.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 16:24

5. skywalker4711 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Wish they'd at least offer some tablet support for these apps. Plz fix.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 16:39 2

7. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


i bought this piece of s**t glad it was only 99cents does not understand 1 thing at all demand a refund!!!

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 18:51 4

12. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


why did u pay for it?

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:18 1

25. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


it's 99 cents on itunes

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 23:32

13. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I just downloaded it - it's free as in it did not cost a single cent!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:19

26. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


on itunes???

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 11:00 1

30. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


who uses itunes? lol. get android. thats where the game is at. same app, but its FREE. :) love that add supported nature of android. :)

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 18:09 3

11. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Free on Android Marketplace

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 01:23 2

15. Nathan (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I use Iris, (Yes that's Siri spelled backwards) and its way better than Evi.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 11:11

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


just reinstalled iris. its not working worth a darn either on 4.0.3. must be a compatibility thing. Vlingo is working just fine.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 01:35 1

16. bvalde09 (Posts: 171; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


If Iris is better then is crap but I will download the app

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:58

27. bvalde09 (Posts: 171; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Confirmed is crap. Keeps connecting to the server but never does

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 02:59

18. Son_Do (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


caaaaaaat fight!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:15

21. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


it's 99 cents on apples site (ios)

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 10:51 1

28. beefsupreme (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


i think we all get it. you've said that enough now move on.

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