Google is slowly making efforts to move into mainstream “Siri territory” with their latest acquisition of Clever Sense, a company who has just released an app called “Alfred” (think: Batman) onto the Android Market. Clever Sense had this to say on their website:
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.
Using the Clever Sense platform, Alfred is able to find and make recommendations based on the things you like. At the heart of Alfred is a technology Clever Sense is calling their Extraction and Serendipity engines and is most likely what caught Google’s eye to begin with. Using Alfred, a user has the ability to:
- Discover new places with recommendations curated just for you!
- Refine your searches for cuisine type, price range, dietary restrictions, distance, and more
- View details about a place, like address and menu, and what’s particularly good there
- Plan your outing by helping you call, get directions to a place, and share with your friends
- Show you places near your current location, for now, or at a different location, for later
- Find places based on your specifications, save them for future reference, and more
Although I haven’t had much time to play around with it myself, if you’re curious to see what all the hoopla is about, you can find Alfred for free right now in the Android Market (US only). Make sure you let everyone know what you think in the comments!