Last month an app with the name of Evi was cleared by Apple for the app store but now Apple is about to pull that app from the App Store since according to Apple, that app is very similar to Siri. This app Evi was a personal digital assistance on your device and worked just like Siri works. And this is indeed the case, since that is not only quite similar to Siri, it can also work on older Apple devices as well as Android devices.
This app was created by True Knowledge and was submitted to the app store a while back. Apple cleared the app for the app store last month and eventually the popularity of the app started growing. The app, at present, happens to be number one in the UK App Store chart and number five in the US charts. It was this popularity of the app against Siri that has made Apple consider removing this app from the store. According to the tech critics, the app indeed is quite similar to Siri and provides almost all the services that Siri provides. According to a representative of Apple, this app would be removed from the app store in accordance with the rule 8.3 of App Store’s Terms and Conditions. According to this rule, “apps which appear confusingly similar to an existing Apple product or advertising theme will be rejected.” So Apple does seem quite justified in removing this app since the similarity between the app and Siri seems quite remarkable. Maybe when Apple accepted the app for the App Store, it was not really expecting that the app would prove to be immensely successful.
Increase in the popularity of Evi simply meant that the popularity of Siri would decrease. And since Siri was among the top reasons why people preferred iPhone 4S over the previous versions, the popularity of Evi was also affecting the popularity of iPhone 4S. After the removal of the app from the App Store, you would not be able to use it on Apple devices. However, you would still be able to enjoy the app on your Android devices since it is also a part of Android Market. The decision of removing the app from the App Store has not been implemented as yet but it is expected that this would happen within a few days.