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Voice Answer: the new generation virtual assistant [+Lite version]

01-22-2012, 10:46 AM
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Voice Answer: the new generation virtual assistant [+Lite version]


Free Lite version is here:
iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-answer-lite/id532522396?ls=1&mt=8



This week, we have submitted our latest 'Siri' like application for all iPhones, iPods and iPads.

It is called 'Voice Answer', and can be considered as a sister product to 'Voice Ask', which we developed earlier.

Voice Answer uses strong speech recognition and speech output on top of a excellent knowledge engine. We are using Wolfram Alpha, among others, which is also the main source of 'Siri'.

We believe we have a strong alternative product to Siri:
- It runs on iOS devices from 4.2 onwards, which is almost all of them. Unlike Siri, which only works on a 4S
- The speech recognition works better than that of Siri, especially with foreign accents
- The knowledge answers are spoken out, unlike with Siri.
- There is an alternative keyboard input, useful when spelling out difficult phrases
- Relevant images are presented with each topic
- The chatbot 'Eve' can be taught details such as your family info, the name of your pet, the model of your car, etc.
- The app is fully configurable: how much speech output, 'witty' chatbot on yes or no, how many items stored in memory

And anything 'Voice Anwer' can't do yet, will be added in future updates. Except the ability to change diapers..



Voice Answer can present geographical location details




With Voice Answer you have an encyclopedia in your pocket, a guide for product comparison and lots more..




Financial data will be spoken out whenever you need it.




And you can switch on the Voice Answer chatbot 'Eve' to have a light, fun conversation.

If you have any suggestions or input for us, please let us know, and we will do our best to add this in upcoming updates. Thank you!


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01-25-2012, 09:03 AM
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I can't find this app on the app store yet. Will it be similar to your other App, Voice Ask?

01-25-2012, 09:38 AM
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I like the look of the output from this app.

Hopefully 3rd party apps like this can push Apple to improve and expand Siri. I still think it's pretty lame how they limited it to 4S devices, when we pretty much all know it'll run on others.

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01-27-2012, 10:20 PM
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Drelbs, thank you. Apple has taken the app 'in review' earlier today. We expect them to approve it this weekend..

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01-28-2012, 07:24 AM
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Does that mean you stop developing Voice Ask further?
I don't think I need two apps of this kind.

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01-31-2012, 01:17 PM
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Vovin, thanks for using Voice Ask. We intend to branch into two products:

Voice Ask will give information on more topics, and have a playful interface with the chatbot integration enabled by default.

Voice Answer will give more detailed information on a fewer number of topics, and will in particular be stronger in local based info and mathematics and financial data. The chatbot integration will be off by default.

For both products, we are continuing to develop the universal version, and other functions such as the messaging and reminder service.

Currently, Apple has requested more time to review Voice Answer though, so we are still not sure when it will arrive in the app store.

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02-06-2012, 08:30 PM
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We have created the following video on Voice Answer: http://youtu.be/wOL4-tVN0NQ
Please let me know what you think!

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02-11-2012, 10:32 PM
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Unfortunately Apple has rejected the current version of Voice Answer for being too similar to Siri. We hope to be able to adjust it so that it can still be put in the App store.

See the latest video of Voice Answer:


Youtube link | Pop Up

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03-08-2012, 09:25 AM
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Bypass Apple with web-based Eve?

Are there plans to offer a web-based Eve that would effectively bypass Apple's opposition?
04-19-2012, 03:14 AM
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Finally, after three months of submitting, rejecting, tweaking further and continuous pushing, Apple has now accepted 'Voice Answer' into the app store!

This is great news if you want a 'Siri' like app on your new iPad, or on any device that isn't a iPhone 4S. Also, outlined in the earlier posts, Voice Answer is better than Siri in some respects.

The app is universal, so works wonderful on iPad devices, and is available on iTunes since a few hours. Check it out!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-answer/id496840850?ls=1&mt=8


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