Evi, the alternative to Siri for iOS as well as Android devices has been received very well by smartphones users. In fact its performance is so good that Apple has decided to pull this App from the official iOS App Store.
Evi has by far regarded as the next best thing after the original Siri. There may be somethings that Evi cannot do like adding things to your Calender or setting a Reminder but the search engine used by this App is very efficient and has been touted by many as even better than Siri. Apple has stated that True Knowledge, the developers behind Evi have breached the rule number 8.3 in the App store T&Cs which states :
“Apps which appear confusingly similar to an existing Apple product or advertising theme will be rejected”.
Apple had also approved previous version of Evi multiple times even before Siri was release. The exclusivity of Siri just to iPhone 4S had been reduced to some extent as Evi was available on both iOS and Android platform and no one needed an iPhone 4S any longer to have an Artificial Intelligence assistant.
Evi and Siri both are powered by Nuance’s voice recognition technology. True Knowledge CEO William Tunstall-Pedoe mentioned :
“I don’t think it takes too much of a leap of the imagination to realise that ‘confusingly similar’ is code for ‘competitive with’ – and that all the user and press reviews along the lines of ‘now you don’t need to buy a 4S – you can download Evi’, ‘better than Siri’ etc. have resulted in a change of heart from Apple about allowing its users to get the app.”
If this App is removed from the iOS App Store than more than 200,000 iPhone users will be left without having the feature of any future updates. While Evi is still available in App Store we surely do not know for how long it will be available.
While Android users will still have Evi in Android Market iOS device users wont be that fortunate. Apple has its own mindset of doing things and now it seems that their motto has become ” IT ISNT INNOVATION IF IT ISNT OURS”.
But for now for the time being you can download Evi as its still available in the App Store :
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