Evi, a new offering from True Knowledge, was recently posed as a “threat” to Siri. And that’s a fair proposition; after all, It uses the same voice recognition technology, Nuance, and also apparently provides better results when searching for apple pie recipes. However, I can imagine the Siri team is getting excited about Evi, and here’s why.
Evi wasn’t ready for primetime
As many people have found, Evi servers have been hit a lot harder than True Knowledge anticipated. More often than not (even in my own experience with the app), Evi would let me know that she was having trouble getting in touch with her servers. Probably because every other iPhone 4 user’s Evi was trying to access them. Which takes us to our next point.
People want voice-recognition AI/assistance
Clearly, the wave of voice-recognition applications, led by Siri and nipped at by Evi and Iris (the Android version of Siri), is in demand. Those using Evi are almost certainly iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or Android users who haven’t had the opportunity to buy a 4S. I bet I’m not the only one whose contract/upgrade time wasn’t in line for the 4S. And I’m not the only one who is holding out for the impending iPhone 5 announcement.
With the poor startup for Evi, Apple can look forward to more people who have been given a small, unsatisfying taste of voice-recognition to jump on the iPhone 5 when it is released.
Hopefully for True Knowledge, the server issues will be fixed fast enough to catch those who are willing to give Evi a second try. But I’m willing to bet that Siri’s classy presentation will win most of us over in the end.