Swarm Gets Mayorships, Like It had When It was Relevant as Foursquare

Foursquare used to be this social check-in app that friends and fellow Foursquarians took to to not only share their locations, but also because the whole experience was one big game where the world competed against one another. You wanted badges for checking in at certain types of restaurants and you wanted to be the mayor of your most-visited spots. Then one day, Foursquare punched itself in the face one-too-many times and decided it wanted to be Yelp, so it created this silly companion app called Swarm that was supposed to replace the check-in portion of Foursquare.  (more…)

Foursquare Receives Makeover, Will Recommend Food Joints While You’re on The Go

The changes coming to Foursquare have been documented for quite some time, as the app was set to perform different tasks than the same ol’ check-in app it once was.

Today, the rewritten app is now available on Google Play for Android users, ultimately taking on a much different role, one which will hopefully have you dining at new restaurants and enjoying new experiences in places which surround you already.  (more…)

Google Maps Introduces Explore Button to Help You Discover New Places

This week, Google is introducing a new “Explore” button through Google Maps that will help all of us discover new places nearby. The button will appear in the bottom right corner of Google Maps, likely next to the location/compass button, “where available.” In other words, it should just show up if you are in an area that is ready to help you explore.  (more…)

Foursquare Migrating Check-ins to Swarm Tomorrow, Reveals New Logo and App

Checking in with Foursquare is about to become a whole lot more personal, for better or worse. Foursquare is finally delivering what it promised in May, migrating check-ins to Swarm and revamping the Foursquare app with recommendation-powered search.

Swarm, if you will recall, is the app that shows you where your Foursquare friends are. It’s meant to facilitate social sharing and meetups, which the company said the Foursquare app was impeding. If you already use Foursquare, there’s no need to sign up for Swarm – accounts are unified. (more…)

Foursquare’s Swarm Now Available on Google Play

A few weeks back, Foursquare announced that they would be breaking their application into two separate ones. Foursquare found that a lot of users hopped into its app to check where a restaurant was or to read reviews, but were not using many of the social aspects. Foursquare thought there was still value in those social pieces, so the new Swarm application was born.  (more…)

Foursquare Intros New Swarm Application, Talks of Metamorphosis for Current Offering

Foursquare is making a move to divide its main application into two separate experiences for users – the main being your usual check-in app that Foursquare has been since the beginning, along with a new app called Swarm.

When you are out at a dinner and have finished up, you are ready to see what your friends are up to. To help with the process, the company is readying a standalone app, Swarm, which will show you where your friends are when they have checked in at a location.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

Video: Android Design Team Talks Favorite Apps by Design, Including New Newstand and Timely

We are suckers for a well designed Android app, so from time to time we watch the Android team’s “Android Design in Action” show to see what kinds of tips they can offer to developers, to stay up-to-date on new design guidelines, and also to see what apps they find to be well-designed. In the latest episode that aired yesterday, a number of members from the design team took a turn at walking through some of their favorite apps. You’ll see one of our favorites, Timely (16:15), along with the new Play Newstand (6:15) app, Foursquare, Etsy (20:20) and others.  (more…)