According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple has acquired the Spotsetter, a social search engine which offers personalized recommendations on places to visit.
The news has not been confirmed by Apple or Spotsetter, but the app is no longer available in the App Store. A few days back, the company announced on its blog that it’s shutting down.
“With fondest emotions, I’m announcing that we are closing down Spotsetter app. We still have big dreams for personalized search for places and look forward to seeing great progress in this area. Thank you everyone for your support over the past years,” said the final blog post from Johnny at Spotsetter blog.
The app offered recommendations for places to eat, drink and shop via different social networks such as Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and even from other trusted sources like New York Times, TripAdvisor and more.
Interesting enough is that the founders of the app, ex-Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee, have changed their job roles on LinkedIn, which now lists Apple as their employer. The starting date is listed as June so there’s a possibility that Apple has snapped up the app.
This could possibly means that Apple may be planning to improve the native Apple Maps with more features, and Apple may offer recommendations on its app as well.
There’s no word from Apple about the acquisition or the terms of the deal. We’ll update you as soon as more information comes up.