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Foursquare Sees UI Makeover on Android, Looks All Sorts of iOS

Foursquare, one of the long-standing kings of social check-ins, pushed out a major UI update to its Android app this afternoon. We are still awaiting an official changelog, but the changes are pretty obvious at first launch. Actually, before you launch the app, you will probably notice the brand new iOS inspired, cartoonishly flattened icon. From there, it only gets more iOS-like even with an Android hamburger slideout navigation. 

The top app bar is now a bright light blue to match that of the iOS version. You will still see the hamburger 3-bar icon, but it’s next to the flattened new Foursquare icon and other simplified navigation icons for Search, Notifications and action overflow. Speaking of the slideout navigation menu, an big profile picture now accompanies your name, along with the home, friends, to-do list, and add friends options. The big check-in button is also bigger, and flattened. Check-in pages seem to be much lighter and brighter, plus the leaderboard seems to have returned. Profile pages are all sorts of bright now as well. I could probably go on and on, but you get the point.

In terms of functionality, there are some changes here and there. The main page of the app used to show a mini-map of your current area, along with promoted items and the list of your friends and their activity. In the new app, all you see is a list of your friends plus that previously mentioned mega-check-in button. If you want to limit or expand your list of friends from local to worldwide, the option is a checkbox in the action overflow menu.

If you are a big Foursquare user, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble using the app. Everything still mostly acts the same, it just looks like you have an iPhone in hand.

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  • This is the best looking 4sq release I’ve ever seen.

  • So flat, it takes additional split second to determine if an element is a button or a label.

  • Adam Truelove

    So flat icons make it “all sorts of iOS”? Eh? I didn’t know Android had an particular look to its icons.

    • Chris

      cards are “flat” does that mean its iOS?


  • Eric Isntmyfirstname McIntyre

    To be fair Google did Apple’s new design before Apple.

  • Chris

    wah wah wah. it looks like iOS! I can’t go on with living anymore! why cant they follow the guidelines that google doesnt enforce….. wah wah wah…

    I personally dont see how it looks like iOS. but people need to give it a rest/ Google does not enforce the guidelines and if you are gonna cry over a interface on a mobile app, then you have bigger issues you need top work out and seek help with.

    • flosserelli

      It is not unreasonable to expect an app on an android device to look and behave like other android apps. If I wanted iOS-flavored apps, I would have bought an iphone. And I’ll go out on a limb and say most android users have the same sentiment.

      • Chris

        Unless google makes it mandatory this is the way its gonna be.

  • I don’t understand why foursquare copied the look and feels of IOS . Anyways , the new foursquare looks good !

  • Allan

    I don’t really see how this is iOS of “all sorts”.

    Yes it is minimalist and the colors, especially the blue lacks shadows and is flat. But it is still an action bar and we get the slide-out menu, and you gotta admit it, iOS7 apps are starting to look prettier while Jelly Bean holo is starting to look dated. If there’s one app that is basically a pure iOS port to Android, then it has to be Cal. But definitely not Foursquare.

  • Kevin

    IOS and Android are merging. :O

    • EvanTheGamer

      Only when hell freezes over and pigs learn how to talk and dogs learn how to fly.

      Oh wait…I think I have that backwards. Oh well, still applies because the day that the great Android and the horrid iOS join forces is the day the world ends. So…yeah, not happening.

  • Intellectua1

    People actually use FourSquare??

    • Seeing as how there is a screenshot with someone signed in, yes I’d say people use it.

    • Chris

      “Foursquare by the numbers (last updated September, 2013)
      Community: Over 40 million people worldwide
      Over 4.5 billion check-ins, with millions more every day
      Businesses: Over 1.5 million using the Merchant Platform (more information atfoursquare.com/business)
      Employees: Over 160 between headquarters in New York, an office in San Francisco, and a lovely outpost in London.”

  • EvanTheGamer

    Not updating.

  • Ken

    … and server connectivity issues.

  • is the new thing to combine design language from both OS’?? Is this becoming a thing?

    • EvanTheGamer

      I seriously hope not. That would really suck. Keep Android Android and that ‘other’ OS that other OS.

      Google and Apple are sworn enemies dannit!

      • Chris

        then why does Google provide apps for iOS?

        “Troll” somewhere else…

  • Tony G.

    i’m famous! and the red beans and rice were great

    • Was wondering if you’d stop by for this one. 😛

    • Figured you’d stop by for this one. 😛

  • Samvelavich

    Idk if its a good thing or not, but Google and Apple have made a somewhat hybrid design for apps now. App developers are now borrowing design guidelines from both Android and iOS, and I kinda like it.

    • As much as I talked about the iOS look, I do somewhat agree that the mash-up of iOS 7 and Android design guidelines isn’t terrible.

      • Samvelavich

        It isnt terrible at all, and its actually pretty cool that apps can now have synergy between platforms. Really exciting!

    • bprichard

      Convergence in design is definitely happening. As an app developer, it’s pretty nice. I still prefer Android due to the slide out menu, contextual menu and overflow button design, but they’re constantly getting closer.

  • Fahad Beg

    nice pic kellen lol

  • a3uge

    Just when you figure out their confusing interface, they change everything about it.

    • EvanTheGamer

      I don’t know about you but I ain’t updating until they change it back, but doubt they’ll ever change it back so guess I’ll be stuck with the previous version forever.

      Thanks Foursquare!

      • Chris

        because kellen thinks it looks like iOS?

    • Chris

      Its been at least a year or year and a half since the last redesign.