Apple threatens to pull Siri rival Evi from stores

28/02/2012

Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Rival Evi From Stores

A Cambridge company whose Evi app can do many of the same things that Apple's voice-operated Siri system has been warned their technology may be removed from the App Store.

William Tunstall-Pedoe, chief executive of True Knowledge - whose Evi program is currently available on both Apple's App Store and for Google Android - told the Guardian Apple had told him that the app would be removed imminently.

Apple's representative Richard Chipman reportedly indicated that Evi was being reviewed under condition 8.3 of the App Store's terms and conditions, which bans downloads that are "confusingly similar" to an existing Apple product.

The news provider's technology editor Charles Arthur said the Evi can look up British businesses and maps - something Siri cannot do - and is better at handling regional accents than its Apple counterpart.

Technologies such as the Siri and Evi are expected to be the future of mobile phones, according to public relations and communications manager at Touch International Jamie Sewell.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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