It is the developer of Alfred, which provides recommendations on restaurants
Google has acquired Clever Sense, the developer of Alfred, which provides recommendations on restaurants, for an undisclosed price.
Alfred’s purchase is seen by analysts as the search engine company’s Android answer to Apple’s Siri.
Clever Sense’s co-founder and CEO Babak Pahlavan said on the company’s website that Alfred may include other information sources and services as well. Pahlavan said discovering local information is extremely important to both users and businesses, and the acquisition of Clever Sense will benefit both. "With Google and Clever Sense working together, our entire team looks forward to building more intelligent, serendipitous and magical services!," Pahlavan added.
Earlier, Google acquired Zagat, a restaurant ratings publisher, in September.
Clever Sense, which launched the Android flavour of its application, introduced Alfred for the iPhone and iPad earlier this summer.
A Google spokesperson told the eWeek that the Clever Sense team is at the forefront of developing a recommendation engine that connects the online and offline worlds by delivering personal and sophisticated information to users at the right time, the right place and within the right context.