Google Acquires a Virtual Assistant

After seeing the popularity of Apple’s new feature Siri, Android users are also hoping to have a fully-integrated feature like the one Apple has.

It seems that Android users have to wait a little more before having any such feature. Recently, Google has purchased a company named Clever Sense – the company known for developing the well-known app Alfred. The app is designed to act as a digital personal assistant. However, both the companies has not yet disclosed the terms and conditions of the agreement.

It has been confirmed that the Alfred app doesn’t have voice-command capabilities. However, it does provide users with the recommendations about restaurants, bars and nightlife options while searching through Internet. Furthermore, the app has the ability to learn user preferences and tastes over time to make recommendations accordingly.

Siri already has all these features, even it answers questions regarding weather, news and directions. We have to wait and see whether Alfred could have all these features.

The name Alfred is also a mystery for us at the moment as we are wondering if the app is named after Bruce Wayne’s confident and butler in Batman. However, the Clever Sense has claimed that the app was originally as Seymour.

In one of its statement company says, “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 company further said, “Discovering local information is extremely important to both users and businesses, and the acquisition of Clever Sense will benefit both.”

It seems that Google is not yet ready to take on Siri, but acquiring Clever Sense is clearly an initiative taken by the search giant to proceed further in the technology. It is more than likely that Google is working on voice-recognition software for its Android platform.

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