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Evi : Best Siri Alternative for Older iPhone & Android

best Siri alternative

Since the release of the iPhone 4S and it’s amazing personal assistant Siri, everybody with an iOS device wants to get their hands on something similar. There are many options available on the internet and there are ways to even run the original Siri on older iOS devices. However, the battle for the best Siri alternative is still raging and I think I may have a winner. Of course, you will never find any app or jailbreak tweak that will bring you the complete functionality and interface of Siri, but something is better than nothing isn’t it?

The app in question today is called EVI and is a product of True Knowledge and the speech is powered by Nuance, the same company that powers the voice search in Siri. So, you must already think that Evi can do stuff that Apple’s Siri can. You’d be wrong! Because Siri has far more capabilities and can understand much more than Evi. However, this app is available for both Android and iOS, which makes it one of the best Siri alternatives out there. Evi is, as they say, a similar personal assistant to Siri, but not the same.

Evi : The Best Siri Alternative

After installing Evi on your iOS device or Android phone, you’ll be shocked to hear all the things that the one eyed personal assistant has to say. The voice recognition is pretty awesome and it works great in any country, however, it’s not really good with finding services in anywhere outside the United Kingdom. But, according to the developers, such services will soon be available for other countries too. I tried finding for some restaurants nearby and I was given some recommendations on Yelp!, which doesn’t work very well in India.

Evi screen 1

You can talk to Evi in plain and clear English and it should understand without any problems. During the first days after it’s launch, the performance was not so great because of the server load. Now though, it works great every time I try. You can ask it questions about things, definitions, answers to math problems, time and weather in various places and much more. If Evi doesn’t understand you, then you can simply type in your question and get the answers.

The most astonishing thing is the voice recognition, and the way it understands normal spoken and conversational English. Below are some screenshots of the app in action:

Evi voice recognition

Evi weather

If you speak clearly in to the microphone, the speech is very accurately recognized. Although, it still will not recognize names and places very well. Evi is currently available in the App Store for $0.99 and in the Android Market for free. I would definitely recommend you to try out this amazing app.

Have you tried Evi yet? How’s your experience with it. Do you have recommendation for any other best Siri alternative which works with older iOS phone?

Download the Siri Ebook and Learn the ways of Siri

We love Siri, even though we haven’t used it, we are in love with it. It’s like the love you have for a Ferrari, well, not so much, but it’s close. Since the iPhone 4S hasn’t embraced me yet, I haven’t got a chance to use and ask Siri silly things. But, we’ve already shared with you a whole list of all the things that you can say and ask Siri. We also shared one big list for all the Siri Dictation commands that you’d require to write a text message, email etc.

Siri was brought in to this world to make things like typing and looking for information, setting reminders, alarms etc easier and faster. It was also to turn your iPhone 4S in to a friend to keep you company when you’re alone and stranded on an island. If you already have purchased an iPhone 4S, then you certainly must be trying out different things to ask and tell Siri to do. There are a lot of things to be honest, so that’s why you should probably get yourself the “Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple’s Intelligent Assistant” Ebook right away.

This ebook for Amazon Kindle is written by Steven Sande and Erica Sadun of The Unofficial Apple Weblog and is currently available on the Amazon store for $4.99. You can also read this on your Kindle app for iPhone and work on improving your Siri speaking skills. Here’s what this ebook will teach you;

Tutorials show you how to set up Siri in your preferences, and how to manage the interactive conversations you have with your voice assistant. You’ll learn how to perform tasks by topic: such as checking the weather, doing math, or looking up information on the web.

  • Creating notes
  • Searching for contacts
  • Going shopping with Siri
  • Creating reminders and checking your calendar
  • Replying to text messages and sending mail to groups
  • Searching Wikipedia
  • Monitoring the Stock Market
  • Performing dictation
  • The lighter side of Siri
  • Siri security
Thus, you can learn the ways of Siri and become the master! We definitely suggest that you should get this book if you can’t figure out what to or how to talk to Siri.
Download Talking to Siri Ebook from Amazon.

Complete List of Siri Dictation Commands

I’m sure you’ve heard and watched a lot of videos of Siri, the personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. It is amazing and like no other voice recognition software out there. I’ve already shared almost all the things that you can ask Siri and now, here’s a post on what commands can be used for Siri dictation.

Siri also has the ability to convert everything you speak into text, and it is very accurate depending on your accent. You can dictate a message, write notes, emails or anything without even using the keyboard. To help the task of Siri dictation easier for you, Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has come up with a complete list of commands that you can use.

To activate Siri dictation, just hold the Mic button on the keyboard and start speaking. Using the list below, you can add a lot more to your text than just words and letters. Hopefully, we’ll have a working port of Siri on iPhone 4 or iOS 5 devices and try this too.

Say this …

… to do this

new linemove to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
new paragraphto start a new paragraph
capto capitalize the next wordFor example, saying:
I named my pet pig cap bacon

produces the text:
I named my pet pig Bacon

(interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)

caps on … caps offto capitalize a section of textFor example, saying:
caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps off

produces the text:
25 Ways to Eat Bacon

all capsto make the next word all uppercaseFor example, saying:
I am hungry feed me all caps now please

produces the text:
I am hungry feed me NOW please

all caps on … all caps offto make part of what you say uppercaseFor example, saying:
I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off please

produces the text:
I am hungry FEED ME NOW please

no capsto make the next word lowercaseFor example, saying:
I like no caps Mike

produces the text:
I like mike

no caps on … no caps offto make sure part of what you say is all lowercaseFor example, saying:
Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in California

produces the text:
Our friends steve and tina live in California

space barto prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated wordFor example, saying:
This restaurant is first space bar class

prevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text:
This restaurant is first class

no spaceto prevent a space between wordsFor example, saying:
This is the best no space tasting bacon ever

produces the text:
This is the besttasting bacon ever

no space on … no space offto prevent a section of text from having spaces between wordsFor example, saying:
This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off ever

produces the text:
This is thebesttastingbacon ever

“period” or “full stop”to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
dot.For example, saying:
The dot number pi is three dot one four

produces the text:
The.number pi is 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)

point.For example, saying:
The point number pi is three point one four

produces the text:
The point number pi 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)

“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
comma,
double comma,,
“quote” or “quotation mark””(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)
quote … end quoteto place quotes around a section of textFor example, saying:
She said quote see you next week end quote

produces the text:
She said “see you next week”

apostrophe‘(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)
exclamation point!
inverted exclamation point¡
question mark?
inverted question mark¿
ampersand&
asterisk*
open parenthesis(
close parenthesis)
open bracket[
close bracket]
open brace{
close brace}
dash-For example, saying:
This dash is dash my dash cheese

produces the text:
This – is – my – cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayinghyphen)

hyphen-For example, saying:
This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheese

produces the text:
This-is-my-cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayingdash)

em dash
underscore_
percent sign%
copyright sign©
registered sign®
section sign§
dollar sign$
cent sign¢
euro sign
yen sign¥
degree sign°
caret^
at sign@
pound sterling sign£
pound sign#
greater than sign>
less than sign<
forward slash/
back slash\
vertical bar|
“smiley” or “smiley face” or “smile face”🙂
“frowny” or “frowny face” or “frown face”🙁
“winky” or “winky face” or “wink face”😉
e.g. (pronounced as “e g”)e.g.For example, saying:
e g when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
E.g. when you learn to ride a bike

i.e. (pronounced as “i e”)i.e.For example, saying:
i e when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
I.e. when you learn to ride a bike

Have you tried Siri yet? What do you think of its speech to text capabilities? 

Siri on iOS 5 Coming Soon

Some more interesting news regarding the Siri port to iPhone 4, well this is even better. Earlier, we had told you about a certain project that’s main goal is to make Siri, the iPhone 4S personal assistant, work on the iPhone 4. However, it was not very successfully since there was no way to connect to the Apple servers and Apple for sure wouldn’t let that happen. But, new reports and information has risen on another Siri port project that happens to work on any iDevice running iOS 5 and does connect to Apple’s servers, no problem.

Developer Jack (@Jackoplane ) has been working on this from quite some time and has now confirmed that Siri on iOS 5 will be available soon to everyone. When I say soon, I don’t mean next 2-3 days, it could be a week or even a month. Jack has managed to make Siri work on iOS 5 without any problems, lags or bugs, but he’s worried about the distribution part. He can’t obviously make it public as Apple is bound to take the tweak down. So, that’s why he’s working on a delivery method and has asked every one to wait.

Siri, is Apple’s greatest feat yet, it is even more magical than anything magic. You can say/ask a lot of things to Siri and it will reply as though it was another human being. It has a sense of humor, a slight attitude and respect. It is currently the most advanced Voice recognition software on the planet, but there are alternatives and apps for Android that work similar to this.

Running Siri on iOS 5 is pretty easy, according to Jack, but we are still not sure if it will work on all iOS 5 devices. This tweak needs Cydia and that means that you’ll have to JAILBREAK your device to have this working. You can see a screenshot of Siri working on iPhone 4 below and in the background you can also see the Cydia icon.

How many of you want Siri on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2? This could also be a hoax. We’ll find out soon.

Speaktoit: The Perfect Siri Alternative for Android

Siri, the personal assistant on the iPhone 4S is the next big development in mobile technology. We have to agree to that, but it’s not limited to the iPhone 4S alone. I recently posted on how the iPhone 4 can also run the elusive personal assistant and I also gave some Siri alternatives for the iPhone 3GS and 4. Of course, Android users may have been wondering when they’re going to get something as awesome as Siri, well, they already have.

Speaktoit is an Android app that works exactly like Siri, if not better, and can understand what you say to it. It’s also really smart and has an avatar or a face. This app is the best Siri alternative for Android, and I’m sure it’ll make all you guys happy. The personal assistant works really well, which you can see in a video later on. For now, let’s talk about what Speaktoit is and can do.

The Speaktoit Assistant is a virtual buddy for your smartphone that answers questions in natural language, performs tasks, and notifies you about important events. The Assistant saves you time and makes communication with gadgets and web services easier and less stressful.

That should answer most of your questions, but I’m sure it doesn’t. Siri has taken the mobile market by storm and it’s certainly going to revolutionize how we use our mobile device, but should Android users be left behind? No. Hence, if you happen to be one, then head over to the Android Market and download Speaktoit right now. It’s a free app. And how is it similar to Siri?

  • You can have a conversation with Speaktoit in your natural voice. And most probably it’ll understand.
  • You can ask it to send emails, texts, look up information, post to Twitter, check you in places, update your Facebook, find news, look up traffic, look up weather, call people, take notes, add things to your calendar, translate foreign languages, help you find nearby places like bars and much much more.
  • You can add a custom Avatar or choose from the ones provided. It’s like talking to a person, only it’s a cartoon character and has a robotic voice, but whatever. It’s still pretty awesome.
  • Changes and improvements keep happening based on user suggestions.
Check out the demo video now;

Speaktoit app will soon be available for iOS and Blackberry too, so if you’ve been looking for a Siri alternative, this is the best one out there, yet. You can download Speaktoit for Android from the Android Market.