All-new Foursquare update removes check-ins, takes on Yelp directly

All-new Foursquare update removes check-ins, takes on Yelp directly
Foursquare has been working on this pivot for a while, starting with separating out the check-in portion of the app into the new Swarm app. But, today, the transformation is complete, and the all-new Foursquare app is completely focused on personalized place suggestions. Some may miss the check-ins, but the new Foursquare is a powerful tool that may just be better than Yelp or Google Maps.

The update brings Foursquare to version 4.0 on Android and version 8.0 on iOS. The UI has been overhauled, and looks a bit like the newly updated Nearby Places section of Google Maps. At the top, you set your location, underneath is a set of tabs to choose what type of place you want, and then you get your place recommendations. The biggest change is that you get to set your personal "tastes", which are essentially just keywords for types of places, foods, or drinks that you like. These tastes are coded pink, and will appear under each listing based on when those keywords show up in the tips (aka reviews) to let you know when one of your favorites is extra good at a nearby place. Foursquare has gathered around 55 million tips, and they are being put to good use.

There is a new "Here" button, which shows you the tips at your current location, with tips that feature your tastes surfaced at the top. There is also a tips feed to show you new tips from your friends, new nearby tips featuring your tastes, or the most popular tips overall. Of course, you can still search for places if you know exactly what you want, but the real focus is on the recommendation engine. 

The new Foursquare app is available now for free for Android in the Google Play Store, or in the iOS App Store. 


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9 Comments

1. YousriAhmed

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

No love for Windows Phone or Windows 8. no Swarm app as well. I thought Foursquare had good relations with Microsoft...

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They'll come... Eventually.

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Foursquare says that the swarm app for windows phone is in it's final stages of testing and as for the new foursquare app, who knows when it'll come

2. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They look down on Android version too. See iOS has gotten version 8.0 but Android only got 4.0.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The WP version is at 3.5.8.0, so you can't really go by the version number every time.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1462; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeah, you know you can't go by version numbers on different platforms, right?

7. jaabubby

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

So two apps are better than one?

8. kzat82

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

According to them, yes. According to most users, absolutely not.

9. Eclectech

Posts: 342; Member since: May 01, 2013

I like the new Foursquare. The only thing it's missing is the option to check in without flinging you over to subpar, crashtastic Swarm.

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