Evi: iPhone App Brings Siri-Like Functionality to Non-iPhone 4S Devices

A new app called Evi has just been released in the App Store that aims to bring Siri-like functionality to non-iPhone 4S devices, which makes use of Nuance’s voice recognition technology like Siri and True Knowledge’s engine.

Here’s what developers – True Knowledge have to say about Evi:

Evi is the revolutionary artificial intelligence here to help with all of your everyday information needs.

Unlike a search engine, which simply looks for matching words and shows you a list of websites, Evi understands what you want to know and gives back exactly what you’re after.

Need to know where the nearest bank is? Not a problem. Going out for dinner but can’t decide where? She can help with that too. The more you ask, the more she will learn, and thus she is improving all the time.

Evi comes with the following features:

  • Voice or text input – Chat to Evi in plain English and she will understand
  • Local information for UK and USA – Shopping, news, dining and more. Evi knows where you are and gives answers based on your location
  • One tap words – Allowing you to build your question super-fast
  • Built in browser – No need to swap to a different browser, view web links within Evi’s app
  • A learning and adapting intelligence – Rate Evi’s answers to help her learn more about the world
  • More than a search engine – Evi takes the searching out of search, able to review and compare nearly a billion facts from her database to give you exactly what you need

You can check out the demo video of Evi below:

It looks like True Knowledge is currently having a tough time managing the surge in traffic as Evi seems to be getting the following error message:

I’m having trouble getting a response from my servers. You might want to try again in a minute.

Evi doesn’t integrate with the pre-installed apps like Siri, but it seems like an interesting alternative for non-iPhone 4S device users who desperately want Siri but don’t want to jailbreak their iOS device.


Please don’t waste your money downloading the app as it is still not working. We’ll you know when True Knowledge has sorted out their capacity issues.

Evi is available in the App Store for $0.99 (apparently to cover the cost of licensing Nuance’s voice recognition technology) and you can download it using this direct iTunes link.

Let us know if it works for you.

[via TechCrunch]

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  • Lg1

    I hope the dream team can combine the 2 apps evi n siri and get it working just like siri and we can have spire fully working

  • Sthlm

    Dosen’t work 🙁 cant connect…

    • Grayson

      im having the same problem as you it keeps saying try again in a minute

  • Disco

    Just tried it,servers are not even functioning. Waste of my money.

    With the iPhone 4s jail-broken I’m sure we will be able to get Siri on our apple devices and avoid the whole proxy issue

    • Rob

      Just because the 4s was jailbroken isn’t really going to change anything. The reason being is the issue lies with the fact that siri servers will only accept 4s UDIDs and there isn’t any way around that besides getting a UDID from a 4s user. The most that might happen is someone releases a siri jailbreak where you won’t need a proxy server just a 4s UDID but chances are it will have to be released by a hacker group that is will to break the law.

      • c-plus

        I got Siri installed on my iphone 4 and my iPod. I think its slower getting stuff from the server. I think its because of A4 chip.

  • AJS830

    It can’t connect to its servers! waste of .99 cents 🙁

  • Dont Bite the Forbidden Apple

    I cant figure out how to get it to speak answers back to me.

    • lotd68

      I had this problem too and finally figured it out. To get EVI to speak results back go into the Setting|General|Accessibility section and turn on Speak Auto-text. That should do it for you. There are other settings in here too such as blinking the light when a message / text comes in.

      Have fun!

  • So lame. It’s a 1 star app. Why the new on such crap

  • I think True Knowledge might be out buying some new servers tomorrow. It’s all fallen apart by the looks of it!

  • dan

    I wish they should have made it available on a trial basis for a few months, wait for complaints/critiques, patch it better and then price it higher. As is now, a few dozen bad reviews will hurt the developers than the rush to cash in.

  • Jim

    Tried a dozen times over the last three hours… Always the same “try later”. Are they going to fix it, or just split town with my .99?

  • Michael

    It would be easier if Apple would just give Siri to everyone else instead of being selfish and making devs try and hack the damn program. Come on Apple, get your head out of your ass and share. The 4s ain’t all that. My 4 looks just like it and has the same iOS. Don’t say processor either cause that’s already been proven wrong.

  • Fad

    Opensiri is the best siri tweak ever!!!!! Its open any apps by just saying the app!!

    • m

      how do you use opensire?

  • OGT

    Bad reviews…!

  • Dice

    Yo, is any other 4S owner haveing slow state of device when installing, or rebooting useing cydia?
    Honestly i expected it to fly thru what ever i i
    wanted to do. Just alone the respring process is hella long… My slow 3g didnt run this slow…. Any ideas? Or toubles

  • Mark

    I cannot get this to talk back to me, I am a littldissapointed so far

    • John

      Did you ever get an answer on how to make her talk?

      • Matt

        I had this problem too and finally figured it out. To get EVI to speak results back go into the Setting|General|Accessibility section and turn on Speak Auto-text. That should do it for you. There are other settings in here too such as blinking the light when a message / text comes in.

  • Alyssa Steve

    Another crap app :/ myBantu has much better features :/

  • Jap

    i was more than happy with siri0us untill they shut it down,

  • Daniel

    It has tu work with the headset, when it’s in your pocket and the phone is locked. Unless it can do that, it’s useless! That’s when Siri is most needed!!! I do not want voice recognition apps that work while i use the phone with my hands!

  • Benjamin

    The developer put up a disclaimer on the App’s purchase page. Looks like the response was so overwhelming it crashed their servers, but they are getting it corrected. I downloaded tonight and have been able to get about a 75% response rate, so they must be close to getting capacity up. Otherwise, I have other Apps powered by Nuance (Dragon Go! and Dragon Dictation) and they are so awesome I know this will be worth the wait. This is the Developer’s fault; not Nuance.

  • Ryu

    Stop all your hating, they seem to have added servers as now it works most of the time. Only got the server message once this morning.
    This does exactly what is says it does so read the description carefully before buying.
    It is not Siri, it does not control your iPhone, it is not voice activated you need to press a button before you speak and it does not send email or text.
    It’s simply a natural voice search with location and also gives knowledge base answers. It’s well worth the 99 cents IMO.
    That said the website says it plans to add more Siri like features in the future. Also come in a Android app.

  • Paychex

    Ive got it to work great at times. It is true that the servers are being bombarded during the day but at night they are functional. That’s when I have had fun with it. I have gotten it to speak back to me and give me links to many questions that I have had. It’s got to get better, faster but when it does, it will probably cost more… Just saying

  • Noel

    I’ve been trying this sporadically for two days and it has yet to answer a question for me.

    Too bad. I installed siri on my iPhone 4 but ditched it when it wouldn’t play nice with TomTom (plus, I didn’t know where I was going to find a proxy). Would love to have Siri or a Siri-like app but I might be waiting until I buy my iPhone 5, whenever that comes out.

  • John

    EVI answers most of my questions great but she only types the answers. HOW CAN I GET HER TO TALK TO ME?

  • I just purchased Evi today…It find answers for me about 85 percent of the time and I am satisfied with it so far. It has me located in the incorrect area but perhaps will catch up as the developers gets the bugs out. For the price I would recommend it.


  • Evi

    It’s really great now it answers every question i ask without try again latter crap. And it just 99cent