Google Buys a Virtual Assistant, But It’s a Far Cry From Siri
Android owners looking for a fully-integrated response to Apple’s Siri will have to wait a little longer.
Google announced on Tuesday that it acquired a company called Clever Sense, the maker of the app Alfred, which serves as a digital personal assistant. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mashable confirmed with Google that the Alfred app does not have voice-command capabilities. Similar to Siri, he does search the Internet and provide users with recommendations from restaurant suggestions to bar and nightlife options. Alfred also learns user preferences and tastes over time to make more targeted recommendations.
But Siri does that already, and can also answer questions about the weather, news and directions. It’s unclear whether Alfred can catch up.
Also unclear: whether Alfred was named after Bruce Wayne’s confidant and butler in Batman. Clever Sense has said it originally picked out the name Seymour for the app.
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