Quantcast

Siri Competitor ‘Evi’ Available And Not Just For The iPhone 4S

Evi is the new girl on the block and she wants to be your new voice-activated personal assistant.

True Knowledge has released their version of the assistant in your pocket. It’s a tall order, creating an app with the ability to convert speech to text, understand the context of that text and apply it to a database to retrieve an answer. According to reports, Evi handles these tasks beautifully and she’s not restricted to the iPhone 4S. Sadly, in my own tests of the application, she was unable to retrieve an answer.

Still, the application holds promise for Canadians currently frustrated with Siri’s incomplete knowledge of Canuck geography. While Siri is still in Beta, her suggestions seem to often revolve around doing a web search. Evi on the other hand seems to have the chops to get you solid answers employing the likes of Yelp among other traditional search engines.

Mike Butcher of TechCrunch wrote:

“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.”

On the downside, Evi does lack system integration meaning that she won’t be able to add events to your calendar or read you your text messages, applications where Siri can really excel. Might we one day see Evi integrated to that capacity?

Evi is available in the App Store for $0.99. Let us know if you decide to try ‘her’ out!

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Follow me on Twitter, and @iPhoneinCanada, and on Google+.

  • Nick

    Same for me – just doesn’t work, can’t connect.

  • Retrobanks

    Had 2 answers earlier this aft, since then it has not been working at all

  • http://twitter.com/Frick156 CJ Gregory

    Here in London, Ontario….not one successful question answered….boo! Want my $0.99 back….lol

  • DoneDeal

    All useless crap.

  • Lenwe76

    I think we got screwed!!!!!!! The second app in 2weeks!!!! To other one was face recongnition!!!! How come you post those thing without try it first??????

  • Jc000098993

    Garbage not working for me. (  iphone 4 )

  • ~Tom

    Matt did say, “Sadly, in my own tests of the application, she was unable to retrieve an answer.” As well, the other comments here along with the reviews on the AppStore did mention that it wasn’t working..

  • Kraken

    Voice Actions is the only one that can hold a candle to Siri. 

  • Djjessejames

    I had but one question
    ‘why would I replace Siri with you?’
    I’m having trouble with server… And like that another waisted .99¢ on a bug.

  • vaLtz

    Sometimes it gives the answer but sometimes it took a while. For .99$ its okey. Maybe it will be stable in the future, lets just wait for updates.

  • Guest

    Doesn’t work as well as Siri, if it works at all. Not even worth the 99cents

  • That Guy

    Bunch of cry babies.

    Wah, it’s useless junk!

    Wah, wasted 99 cents!

    Lol! Think about it. These guys have just got inundated with thousands of new users. Give them a week or so to get some server capacity up. For a buck this ap seems to do better than Siri for many types of questions.

    Just learn to chill a bit before throwing your toys out of the pram.

  • http://twitter.com/Frick156 CJ Gregory

    I had a few, generic questions answered. Who is the Prime Minister of Canada? What happens when you die? 

    Anything geo-location based (Where is the closest coffee shop? etc) all fail.

    Its still hit and miss with most questions…