Evidence shows that Amazon purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million

Evidence shows that Amazon purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million
With speculation bubbling that Amazon is working on a smartphone, evidence shows that the online retailer purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million late last year. Evi, which is currently available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, was almost kicked out of the App Store for being too similar to Siri. Amazon could be planning to combine Evi with voice recognition technology acquired this past January when the company acquired Ivona. Right now, the app uses Nuance's voice recognition technology and True Knowledge’s search engine

The evidence showing that Amazon has acquired Evi includes paperwork that shows that the directors of UK based Evi Technologies Ltd directors have been replaced by Amazon's legal representative in the U.K. Amazon's Company Secretary in the U.K., Mitre Secretaries Ltd, has the same title at Evi Technologies Ltd. Annual reports for VC firm Octopus Ventures shows that all of the firm's funds have sold their Evi Technologies shares.

So what is the game plan for Amazon? The most obvious thought is that the technology will be used for a new Amazon smartphone. Like the Amazon Kindle Fire, we can expect that there will be no Google apps anywhere on such a device which means Evi could be used as a replacement for Google Now.

source: TechCrunch

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15 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm very angry when I read this, "was almost kicked out of the App Store for being too similar to Siri." I mean, seriously Apple? Can't you just let the iUsers have their own freedom? Don't forget Apple, your Siri is not the best! Apple thinks that they are the boss! By the way, Welcome Evi! :)

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Look up the meaning of the word "almost".

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"almost" also means that it was almost kicked out, "almost"! This means that Evi has 90% to be kicked out, Apple "almost" kicked out Evi!

8. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Evil?

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It's Evi, not evil! lol Can you see the difference? Evi! Evil

3. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

on top of it, siri was also an app in the app store...apple just bought the company and pumped in more money.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh I see....... But can't they just give some freedom for the iUsers? That's why many iUsers jailbreak their iPhone, Apple products have too many limitations, and it makes the iOS no freedom!

6. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I think that Evi is the daughter of Siri And who is dad ? John Terry

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Google is the dad!

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Would an Amazon phone be able to access all android apps? Or restricted?

9. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

26 Million for a gimick feature seems kinda alot.

13. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They could've invested a third of this, thus making the most advanced and used by NASA or governments or spy gadgets

11. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Sounds like a pokemon

14. Aeires unregistered

I used Evi before Google released Now. While Evi is a very capable app, I'm not sure I would say it's on par with Now. Whether it's on par with Siri, iUsers will have to answer that. Regardless, Amazon could benefit from this service.

16. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I didn't think Evi was that good. Maybe I missed something?

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