Google has acquired Clever Sense, a Mountain View-based start up that provides a free app for Apple and Android devices called Alfred that provides curated, localized recommendations for restaurants and other services.
“Today, we are excited to join Google and start a new chapter in curating the world around us! Together with the Google team, we will accelerate our efforts toward this shared vision. Google helps local businesses connect with potential customers, and its worldwide presence can bring the value of Clever Sense to a much larger audience,” the start up said on its Web site.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Alfred is a utility reminiscent of Siri’s location based search.
UPDATE: Forbes has posted some comparisons between Siri and Alfred:
However Google Android enthusiasts will have to wait for a while before Alfred can truly battle Siri. You cannot speak to Alfred like you can speak to Siri. Alfred does not speak back to you. You cannot ask Alfred about the weather like you can ask Siri. Alfred cannot help you with directions like Siri can. Of course the best feature of Siri is its tight integration with other applications such as the address book and calendar. In contrast, Alfred is an island.
If you type it Alfred can find a restaurant to suit your dining pleasure. It is a matter of personal preference, but for me it is easier to use Siri than Alfred.