Users of the location-centric app Foursquare have been using it for several reasons predominantly over the past few years. One reason major enough to constitute its own app is finding friends. As such, the folks behind Foursquare have decided to do a split - sooner than later, users will be asked to use the app "Swarm" to keep an eye on their best buddies whenever they want to find them.
If you're working with a device made by Microsoft (or running a Microsoft-made OS) right now, get ready to see a whole lot more of Foursquare. Microsoft has just invested a cool $15 million USD into the check-in app ecosystem, allowing them to agree to a "strategic partnership" which has Microsoft becoming Foursquare's number-one source of revenue. Part of this comes from the additional multi-year contract signed by both groups to license Foursquare data in Microsoft services.
Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.
Sygic: GPS Navigation, the offline nav-and-map app for iOS and Android, has added some new third-party integrations for discovering nearby deals and parking options. Already glutted with online and offline additions over the course of the company's decade-long history, the freemium Sygic app competes with Nokia HERE Drive, the offline nav-and-map app for Lumia devices. A ParkMe addition brings the older Sygic app back into parity with the Nokia app.
Both the Android version (since recently) and the iOS version (since today) of Foursquare now work with the real-time recommendations engine introduced this year by the developers behind the project. You'll find that the team behind this project have been waiting for some time to put it in the hands of Apple device users while the Android version has been flipped on since August 29th. This service allows recommendations to be pushed to your iPhone just as any other notification would - telling you what's good in the area depending on where you are, physically.
It looks like both Microsoft and American Express are looking to invest in Foursquare. According to details coming from Bloomberg, the two companies are looking to take an equity stake in the company. The interesting part here, both companies are said to be competing against each other. That is, as opposed to going in on a joint bid.
If you thought Foursquare was going to abandon the smallest of the small, the cheapest of the cheap in smartphone technology, you were wrong. Here this week the folks developing Foursquare have released the app for the Nokia Asha 501. This is a device that does not have GPS abilities - this would normally hinder an app that largely depends on such data - but no worries! This version of the app will use location data picked up by your network connection.
If you're one of the still-massive amount of users working with Foursquare for all of your daily check-in needs, you'll certainly have some sort of an opinion on the addition of an "I'm with" option for the app for iOS and Android. This option allows a much-requested (so says Foursquare) feature to the app ecosystem for checking in friends.
Foursquare enjoys giving its users new ways to visualize all of their check-ins over the years, and they've introduced a new feature that makes that happen once again. It's called Time Machine, and while it may just seem like another feature for Foursquare to use in order to recommend other hot spots to go to, Time Machine visualizes all of your check-ins in the coolest way yet.
It's not too often that we see an Android app that comes with a native tablet user interface. iOS has usually led in the category, but more and more Android apps are starting to get in on the tablet fun with their own unique tablet layouts. Foursquare is the latest to join, with a new two-column layout that takes advantage of the larger screen real estate.
In an effort to put more focus on its Windows Phone 8 app, Foursquare has issued a complete redesign that was put together by the Foursquare team along with help from both Microsoft and Nokia. The app has many of the same elements as the iOS and Android versions, but the WP8 redesign caters more towards the tiled look of Microsoft's mobile platform.