Don’t Have Siri? Try Evi

Don’t Have Siri? Try Evi

Siri has a new competitor, and her name is Evi. Developed by True Knowledge and powered by the same Nuance-based backend as Apple’s virtual assistant, Evi is available for all iPhones in the App Store. There’s also a beta app available for Android handsets.

While Evi doesn’t have the integrated advantage that Siri wields, she is perhaps the first clone that’s just as smart, if not smarter, than Siri.

Unlike a search engine, which simply looks for matching words and shows you a list of websites, Evi understands what you want to know and gives back exactly what you’re after.

Need to know where the nearest bank is? Not a problem. Going out for dinner but can’t decide where? She can help with that too. The more you ask, the more she will learn, and thus she is improving all the time.

Not only will Evi run on non-iPhone 4S devices, but she also works outside of the U.S. and on Android. The App Store app costs $0.99 to cover the Nuance licensing fees that True Knowledge has to pay.

The only thing that Evi can’t do that Siri can is integrate with Apple’s stock iOS apps. For instance, you wouldn’t be able to set a reminder or calendar event with Evi. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to eventually. TechCrunch believes that Evi is actually smarter than Siri in many ways:

Install Evi on an iPhone 4S and compare it to Evi. Ask “How do I make apple pie?”. Siri is unable to provide a direct answer and so asks whether you want to search the web. Evi provides a list of recipes with web links.

Ask “Who was President when Queen Elizabeth II was born”. Siri is unable to provide an answer and suggests performing a web search. Evi determines who Queen Elizabeth II is, when she was born, the dates when she will have been a teenager and then compares this against which US presidents were in office over that time, delivering the results of both serving US presidents during those years. Not bad huh.

Like Siri, Evi claims to learn from its mistakes and your requests to provide better results. The app integrates with lots like Yelp to provide localized results as well. Let us know what you think of Evi in the comments!

Don’t Have Siri? Try Evi

  • tys0ns

    Hopefully with some viable competition Apple might up the game a little. So far Siri is somewhat half-baked, especially for those of us outside of the US. Siri has an entire world of potential. We’re just waiting for something to happen! That said though, hopefully Apple doesn’t try and remove Evi from the app store for any stupid reason.

  • Declan Tyrrell

    I down loaded the App about an hour ago and all I am getting is Server Busy when I ask a question. I am wondering if this has anything to do with me been in Ireland and using an iPhone 4.

  • Ollides

    The servers are being overrun by the demand at the moment. Either that or an annoying bug. Either way, I would imagine it will be fixed soon. 

  • Jay Yanesh

    “Find the nearest Mexican.” lol Any Home Depot parking lot in LA.

  • Clark Wallace

    Works awesome for me on my 4S, my girlfriend said she’ll use this on her 4.

  • 33VA

    Keep in mind Siri is still in Beta. It’s still very new technology, and is being worked onas we speak. I must agree it’s not the most amazing feature (yet) but I have a feeling Apple’s going to dump millions into Siri and we will eventually see the kickass Siri that we’ve all been waiting for

  • ddevito

    What is this, a 3rd party knock-off from Android?  :p

  • ddevito

    that was disgustingly racist. You’re a fuck1ng piece of sh1t  

  • Ifan Morgan

    Does Evi know places outside the US ?

  • Ifan Morgan

    Not amazing ?? It’s by far and away the most accurate voice recognition I have ever seen….we’re not at “Zen, where’s Servalan ?” level yet but not far off……

  • Clark Wallace

    Yeah it does, I’m in Scotland and it works awesome!

  • MorbillivirusRubeola

    Or playing for Manchester United, or flying to space in the shuttle, or inventing color television, or doing way better than you, you prick.

  • Christopher Jones

    Receives terrible ratings from user at the Apple app store. 

  • Neil Roach

    All I get is ‘I’m getting my thoughts together’. It does however recognise my strong Welsh accent perfectly lol.

  • Ross Lewis

    Uff JEsus fed up of these Siri spoofs, check out myBantu- Free Siri for Android, works much better than these crap spoofs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Ross Lewis

    err myBAntu works much better than this :/

  • drcoolj

    It’s not working for me either, i also keep getting Server Busy when I ask a question

  • Ed Moriarity

    It does not work. Servers are busy is the only thing it responds with. Or it provides nonsense in response. Great idea, just a waste of money at this point. The developer should respond to customers and provide an explanation and fix the bugs.  

  • BMWTwisty

    Evi is a cyclops!  Eeeeewwwww….

  • Aaron

    Dragon Go works MUCH better than this.

  • shyju_proxy p

    Evi shows a lot of promise but at the moment it is not performing. For an alternative that works on the same knowledge base as Evi, try out ‘Voice Ask’, which has been available for some time and is constantly being improved. See voiceask.com

    See also ‘Voice Ask’, an app that offers a Siri alternative on the same basis as Evi. It also works on any iPhone, iPad, or Android device. See voiceask.com

    Evi is following in the footsteps of ‘Voice Ask’, which has been in the store for some time and has outgrown some of the initial issues that are now plaguing Evi. Check out voiceask.com

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