A report is coming out that makes it sound like Amazon may be working on its own version of a voice assistant – almost Siri-like. According to TechCrunch, Amazon has been acquired Evi, a voice-assistant application that is very similar to Siri in the information it can provide. According to the report:
At UK Companies House all the Evi Technologies Ltd directors have been replaced by Amazon’s UK legal representative, and this is confirmed by the Octopus Ventures annual report. The annual reports of all Octopus Ventuers’ funds allrefer to the disposing of their shares in Evi Technologies.
Companies House records show all directors at Evi have beed replaced and loans paid off, while a small loss of £19,000 was recognised.
The new Company Secretary for Evi Technologies is also Amazon’s: Mitre Secretaries Ltd are the corporate secretary for Amazon.co.uk (and Amazon’s London software development company).
Consumer Reports took a look at Evi back in early 2012 when Apple was threatening to pull it because of the Siri similarities, and determined that it had a long ways to go in terms of functionality.
What do you think? Wonder what Amazon has up its sleeves? Is it working on something to work against Siri? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.