July 24, 2014

Cleversense debuts Alfred for Android; promptly purchased by Google

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Cleversense, developers of the popular iOS app Alfred, announced earlier this week that the Android version of their recommendation tool is available for 2.2+ devices.  Available for free, the app provides users with a “simple, enjoyable, and powerful way to discover new places and help make decisions on the go.”  In other words it helps you find the best the best places for you to eat.  Immediately upon opening the app Alfred serves you up with some spots to check out.  And like all smart applications, the more you use it, the better it gets.

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Rather than simply porting over an existing app to another platform, Cleversense took the opportunity to create a better experience for Android users.

The new design of Alfred gives him a more modern style, while creating a much smoother user experience throughout the app. Also, many of the features have been
refined from the iOS version; for instance, it is now much easier to fine-tune your recommendations using the Filters pull-up menu. The Find tool is also much smarter at helping you look for anything specific you might have in mind.

Sounds awesome, right?  It is.  In fact, it’s so awesome that Google has decided to open up the wallet and purchase Cleversense.  A new post on the company’s blog tells us that bigger and better things are on the horizon.  We don’t claim to be prophetic or anything but this sounds like a key component for an official Siri-like experience for Android.

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.

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