Thanks to Apple’s Siri, voice recognition apps have now become (kind of) hot cakes in the app world. The latest to enter in this section is Evi – available free for Android platform and at $0.99 for iPod touch and iPhones.
The company behind this app, True Knowledge, describes the app as an artificial intelligence app to assist you with all of your information needs. Well, as per my initial interaction with the software, all of your information is a little far-fetched statement but at that nominal price, I do feel that the app fared pretty well (I used iPod touch to conduct my initial trials).
Here are the screen shots from the questions and their responses, that I asked Evi.
As you can see from the screenshots above, that the app lacks some basic functionalities like setting up an alarm or a reminder, but if the app does well in the market, these features could easily find their way in the next software update.
My 2 Cents
Evi is good. It has a simple but friendly user interface and it does have some built-in intelligence. But at this point of time, making any comparison with SIRI would seem foolish. SIRI is closely integrated with the platform and hence more fast and powerful.
Also, apps like these rely on service providers like Yelp and like, which are not present in India. And so far, I haven’t come across any similar app that use Indian equivalent of these services (like Burrp). In that sense, all these apps have limited usability when they come out of U.S or U.K.
But if you have an old generation iPhone (3GS or 4) or an iPod touch and spare 99 cents that you would like to spend, you should think of installing this app and toying around with it. For Android users, its free. So nothing should prevent them from installing this app and playing with it.