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Google has announced that it has acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, which is behind the popular mobile app “Alfred.” Using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, this application provides personalized recommendations for nearby dining venues, coffee shops, and bars.

Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but what is very sure is that the whole Clever Sense team will become part of Google’s local services division.

Analysts say that this latest acquisition could bear fruit to Google’s competition to Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri.

“Ultimately, it was a question of how we can take this to a whole new level,” says Clever Sense CEO Babak Pahlavan. “(Google will) allow us to work on this, but just make it bigger.”

Apart from providing local venues, Clever Sense has been planning on using its technology into the group buying realm a la Groupon and Living Social. It also envisions to be able to recommend other things such as local activities and entertainment. This vision goes in line with Google’s plan of creating a sort of “serendipity engine,” or how Google be able to provide “serendipitous” suggestions on mobile phones based on your current location.

While Google may have a spotted record when it comes to acquiring technology companies they eventually shut down, a Google spokesperson says that Alfred will remain up-and-running for the “foreseeable future.”

Source: TechCrunch

 
 

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