Evi to give Siri a run for her money

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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31 Comments

1. Skyrim

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

8. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

dont waste your $$$ doesn't work

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

It's free. What money is he wasting?

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

time is money

23. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

amen sir

22. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

its 99 cents on apples site itunes

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its free on android. zing!

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 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)

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

6. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

9. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Oops. I overlooked that part. Good lookin out.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :(

24. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

same here maybe she's busy listening to siri lmao

17. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

19. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

4. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

5. skywalker4711

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

7. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

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

12. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

why did u pay for it?

25. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

it's 99 cents on itunes

13. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

26. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

on itunes???

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

11. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Free on Android Marketplace

15. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

16. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

27. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

18. Son_Do

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

caaaaaaat fight!

21. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

it's 99 cents on apples site (ios)

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