9to5 Mac has a useful story today for all those iOS users out there who don’t have an iPhone 4S and therefore don’t have Siri, but are looking for a suitable alternative. Commenting on an in-depth report on TechCrunch about the app, 9to5 Mac says that Evi could just be the first genuine Siri competitor out there, amidst a ton of apps that would like to think they have what it takes to out-Siri Siri, but in fact don’t even come close. Evi is powered by True Knowledge’s “core semantic search technology”, or The True Knowledge Answer Engine. The iOS version of Evi uses Nuance voice recognition, the same voice recognition software that powers Siri, whereas the Android version does not, which is why the Android version is free and the iOS version costs $0.99.
9to5 Mac points out that according to Evi’s iTunes page, Evi is able to return data local to the UK as well as the US, the lack of which function has been a bit of a bugbear for UK iPhone 4S users. True Knowledge says that Evi has “almost a billion ‘facts’ (machine understandable bits of knowledge)”, as well as the facility to infer trillions. 9to5 Mac says that Evi uses all the sources that you would expect, such as local Yelp results, other third-party websites, regular web searches, and APIs.
According to TechCrunch, who ran a lengthy feature on Evi, although the app is not yet able to integrate with Calendar and Reminders, unlike Siri, its answers can be more accurate than Siri. TechCrunch cites answers to questions about how to make an apple pie, for example, among other examples.
Click here to download Evi for $0.99: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evi/id463296609?mt=8
Source: For iOS users without Siri, there is Evi | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence