Would Amazon have bought Evi, an equivalent of Apple’s Siri, to develop its own smartphone?

by bold-lichterman

The amount of the repurchase of the application would be around $ 26 million.

Speculations around the upcoming launch by Amazon of a smartphone are rekindled after rumors of the takeover by the e-merchant of the Evi application, a pendant of Apple’s Siri developed by Evi Technologies. According to TechCrunch, which evokes sources familiar with the matter, the amount of the transaction would be around $ 26 million, or just under 20 million euros. The buyout would have taken place at the end of 2012.

At Amazon as at Evi, it’s radio silence. TechCrunch is nevertheless based on the annual report of the investment fund Octopus Ventures, a document reporting on the sale of shares, and the replacement of directors of Evi Technologies by representatives of Amazon.

Evi is an application running on Android and iOS combining voice recognition and natural language search engine.

Amazon takes another step towards the world of mobile telephony, after the takeover last January of Ivona Software, a company specializing in the transcription of written content into oral content (text to speech) and which notably developed voice control applications for its Kindle Fire tablet. Skills particularly useful for the development of a smartphone, finally notes TechCrunch.