When the iPhone 4S was released last year many were impressed with Siri, the intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator that is now one of the major differences between the iPhone 4 and 4S. With its witty responses and clever comebacks, Siri initially received great praise. However as time has passed the cracks have begun to show and Siri now has major competition from Evi, an app for all iPhones and Androids costing as little as 69p from the app store. Unlike Siri, it is apparently substantially better at dealing with regional accents and works on the iPad. Almost 200,000 Apple iPhone users have downloaded Evi since its release date on 23rd January. Even though Evi was approved by Apple, the terms & conditions of the App store do state any apps that emerge in the market that are considerably similar to an existing Apple app must be removed. Evi has begun to concern Apple, so much so that Apple has given Evi a certain amount of time to change the look or they will pull Evi from the app store. It is believed by some that Apple’s main concern is that Evi is in fact too good.
Siri is an American based company, and for that reason US iPhone 4S users would find Siri more suitable than UK users. Despite this, due to the struggle Siri has faced in the UK with regional accents, True Knowledge, the natural search engine behind Evi have provided UK users with a more substantial personal assistant service.
Having tried both Siri and Evi I have found neither really answers my questions how I would have hoped. When asking for cinema times at VUE Westfields, neither Siri nor Evi are able to give me an answer. If I ask “do I need an umbrella today?” Siri replied “There’s no rain in the forecast for today,” and then gave me the full days weather forecast hour by hour. Evi was very similar and said, “ The weather where you are is black clouds with a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, and later it will be white clouds.” It then gave the full days forecast for every 3 hours. Even though they both gave me the answer it did take more than 1 go for the voice recognition to understand exactly what I was saying. Let’s just say if I wanted to find out the weather forecast I wouldn’t waste me time with either Siri or Evi and just use good old-fashioned Google.