Google Dec. 13 acquired Clever Sense, a restaurant-recommendation-engine specialist whose technology may ultimately be broadened to work like Apple's Siri assistant.
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Dec. 13 made its second food-related acquisition since acquiring
Zagat in September, snapping up restaurant-recommendation-engine specialist
Clever Sense for an undisclosed sum.
only launched the Android flavor of its application, called Alfred, last week.
The company first introduced Alfred for the iPhone and iPad this past summer.
technology, Alfred makes culinary, bar and club recommendations based on
smartphone users' preferences, location and context. Alfred racks up a treasure
trove of experiences the user has sampled.
more a consumer uses the application, the more relevant future recommendations
will be. Alfred can explain why it makes the recommendations it does for each
Siri, the voice-powered intelligent assistant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has included
with its latest iPhone 4S smartphone. However, while Siri software spans a
number of different information sources, including gauging weather and other
info, Alfred focuses on finding users food that will most appeal to them.
It stands to
reason Google will work with the Clever Sense team to make Alfred include more
than food in future iterations of the technology.
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," a Google spokesperson told eWEEK.
combining their technology and expertise with our team and products, we'll be
able to provide even more people with intelligent, personalized recommendations
for places to eat, visit and discover."
declined to say how Alfred would be integrated into its Web services.
Clever Sense CEO Babak Pahlavan may have provided a clue when he wrote on the
company's Website that he and his team are excited to join Google and "start
a new chapter in curating the world ... Google helps local businesses connect
with potential customers, and its worldwide presence can bring the value of
Clever Sense to a much larger audience.
statement, we could see Alfred software augmenting Google's Places local-search
service. Both could also work with the Google Offers daily deals. TechCrunch
suggested Alfred could be tied into the new Google Schemer
social activity recommendation application.