updated 07:10 pm EST, Mon January 23, 2012
Evi promises to answer complex questions by voice
True Knowledge has developed a voice command app that promises to beat Apple's Siri in key areas. Evi on iOS (99 cents, App Store) and Android (free during beta, Android Market) can answer typical Siri quesitons, such as restaurant recommendations, but specializes in answering answering the less immediate questions that would normally have Siri perform a generic web search. A deep knowledge class system lets it answer age comparisons, provide recipes, and otherwise answer directly.
Like the iPhone 4S system, Evi uses Nuance to handle the voice recognition, but talks to True Knowledge's own engine.
Limitations are those inherent to a third-party app. It can't directly interact with components like Calendar or Reminders and takes longer to launch. Evi has its own browser and can stay self-contained, however, where Siri and Android alternatives like Vlingo still need to switch apps. As an app, it can similarly run on the iPad where Siri is currently locked to one device.
The service is still young and, as of Monday, was having server problems. As an independent platform, it could theoretically go to other platforms, including non-mobile platforms, with little relative effort. [via TechCrunch]