Google Shuts Down Alfred Local Recommendations Service
Published on: 12th Jul 2013
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Google has quietly and swiftly announced the shut down of its little used, or known about local recommendations app, Alfred.
Named after the eponymous butler from the Batman comics, the app was bought by Google in 2011 and offered personalised recommendations based on a mixture of local services and the users own preferences.
The shut-down wasn't listed in Google's most recent list of services to be closed, but was announced via a pop-up message in the app itself, warning users that they had just a couple of days to back-up their data before the service closes.
Google is expected to fold some of the functionality into its own Google+ platform, but the company has been backing away from location based recommendations for some time, and also recently removed the offline maps facility from its related Android apps.
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