Google is acquiring California-based company Clever Sense, which created a recommendation application called Alfred.
Alfred works on Android and iOS devices, delivering personalised recommendations about local venues.
A new Ofcom report says smartphone ownership nearly doubled in the UK between February 2010 and August 2011 - increasing from 24% to 46% penetration - with take-up higher in the UK than in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In addition, the number of people using their mobiles to go online was higher in the UK than in any other country surveyed.
With less than two weeks until Christmas, the mobile phone industry still keeps delivering major news stories.
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