Amazon Acquires Siri-Like App for $26 Million
April 18, 2013 12:18 PM
This could mean another step closer to an Amazon smartphone
Amazon has reportedly acquired a Siri-like app for $26 million, which could possibly hint at the launch of
an Amazon-made smartphone
in the near future.
A new report from
says that Amazon acquired UK startup True Knowledge, which is responsible for creating Evi -- a Siri-like voice app -- for $26 million.
True Knowledge licensed Nuance's voice recognition technology and coupled it with its own engine to make Evi. Evi uses natural language text to understand what a user wants and means. It is even capable of learning about a user.
Evi is an app compatible with any Android or iPhone smartphone.
This isn't Amazon's first voice recognition purchase this year. In January, the e-tailer bought Polish-based voice technology company Ivona Software, which competes with Nuance in text-to-speech technology.
What Amazon plans to do with both Evi and Ivona is not clear yet, but some suspect that a Siri-like competitor for an Amazon smartphone is in the works. Amazon has already stepped into the hardware ring with its Kindle e-readers and
(as well as its own, custom-made version of the Android operating system for the Fire), so it's very likely that the company could create a Siri competitor for its own handset in the future.
In December 2012, it was reported that Foxconn had already manufactured
a new handset model
for Amazon (which is rumored to have a 4-5 inch display). Touch panel makers J Touch Corp. and Young Fast Optoelectronics Co. were rumored to be in on the new smartphone's development as well.
According to a report by
, Amazon's first smartphone will launch between the second and third quarter of 2013 and the e-tailer may ship as many as five million units for the year.
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Report: Amazon Smartphone One Step Closer to Production
December 18, 2012, 1:10 PM
Amazon Reveals $299 8.9" Kindle Fire HD, $499 LTE Model with $50 Yearly Data Plan
September 6, 2012, 2:05 PM
Quick Note: Amazon Smartphone to be 4 to 5 Inches
July 11, 2012, 10:33 AM
Netflix took a decision to invest in original content
January 19, 2017, 7:00 AM
Amazon Airborne Fulfillment Center – Your Merchandise Drop-Shipped from the Clouds
December 29, 2016, 5:00 AM
Amazon is experimenting with a new kind of grocery stores, Amazon Go
December 8, 2016, 5:00 AM
Google has developed Deep Learning Algorithm to detect Diabetic Eye Disease
December 4, 2016, 5:00 AM
Google plans ultra-fast wireless Internet for Research Triangle Park, N.C.
August 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
Most Popular Articles
Super Hi- Vision Will Amaze the World
January 16, 2017, 9:53 AM
Samsung Chromebook Plus – Coming in February 2017
January 17, 2017, 12:01 AM
Samsung 2017 Handset’s Updates
January 17, 2017, 12:01 AM
Comparison – Surface Pro VS Tbook X5 Pro
January 21, 2017, 7:00 AM
Comparison – iPad Mini Vs Huawei MediaPad M3
January 19, 2017, 2:08 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Some new News
Jan 23, 2017, 8:59 AM
What is new?
Jan 22, 2017, 7:00 AM
Nintendo signals end for Wii U
Jan 21, 2017, 7:00 AM
Jan 20, 2017, 7:00 AM
News of the World
Jan 19, 2017, 7:00 AM
News of the Day Wednesday 1/18/2017
Jan 18, 2017, 12:01 AM
Jan 17, 2017, 12:16 AM
News of the Day
Jan 16, 2017, 12:10 PM
News and Technology Advancement
Jan 16, 2017, 7:58 AM
Jan 15, 2017, 12:32 AM
Here is Some News
Jan 14, 2017, 12:39 AM
News: Improved and New products
Jan 13, 2017, 12:01 AM
News around the world
Jan 12, 2017, 12:01 AM
Rumors and Announcements
Jan 11, 2017, 12:01 AM
This year CES and ridiculous gadgets
Jan 10, 2017, 12:01 AM
Nokia Android phone spurns the west.
Jan 9, 2017, 12:08 AM
New at CES 2017 - Changhong 8K Super Slim TV 65ZHQ3R
Jan 8, 2017, 1:07 AM
Debuted at CES 2017 - Vuzix Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses
Jan 8, 2017, 12:39 AM
Some news of Day
Jan 7, 2017, 12:01 AM
News 2017 CES
Jan 6, 2017, 12:01 AM
Here is the Latest News in Tech
Jan 5, 2017, 1:47 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information