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Foursquare offers a new interface in version 5 that has been completely reworked to a much cleaner design so you can get to what you want quickly using only three tabs across the bottom of the screen (the former design had five buttons across the bottom). The Friends tab (which used to be only about checking in) now offers big photos you can swipe to browse along with tips, lists, and places your friends have saved. From here you can "Like" or comment on activity by touching a button for each. The new layout seems much better organized from what I've seen and should make it easier to pick up and use for people new to the service.
The new Explore tab displays what's around you automatically -- you no longer need to perform a search. At a glance, you'll now be able to see places around you with the best bargains, where your friends are currently, and nearby places you might like. Results are based on what your friends and people with similar tastes have liked and talked about near your current location. Reinert says that using the data from millions of users, Foursquare can surface what your friends have said about locations along with locals with similar tastes (based on your previous Likes and check-ins). This means that even if you are traveling you can get listings for both tourists who have been visited a location, along with reviews of local hot spots by the people who live there.
You still have the power to search, of course. You can browse through popular categories or you can type in keywords to get results for the places around your current location. Foursquare Labs says everything from the best pizza in your neighborhood to the preferred place to get coffee when you're traveling abroad is easily found using the Explore tab, and from what I've seen, the new interface definitely seems more efficient.
Foursquare has also expanded the information and interactivity with venues. Now, when you look at page for a venue, you can make comments and put your opinion out there by Liking the venue. This gives users who happen upon your and others' comments more encouragement to try out a new spot.
In the new layout, the Check In button has been moved to the top-right corner of the screen, and Foursquare Labs says this was simply a design choice to make the button more accessible, so you can use your thumb to quickly check in.
Finally, the third tab on the bottom is where you can look at your profile. Foursquare Labs says that users asked for a way to quickly view a personal history of check-ins, tips, and likes, so it redesigned the interface to offer more than just badges and stats. You can now touch a big button to see your current friends, stats, photos you've added, tips you wrote, badges you've earned, and lists.
The newly redesigned Foursquare app is available now for free at the iTunes App Store. If you're a Foursquare user or want to see what checking in is all about, the new redesign is a great reason to download now.
Foursquare checks in with a new interface
Join 35 million people using Foursquare. Find great places on the go Record and share where youve been See where friends like to go Get money-saving specials and rewards35 million people use Foursquare to find out where friends and locals love to go. Dont waste time reading long reviews from strangers. Wherever you are in the world, open up Foursquare to see where your friends like to go, and get recommendations for the best restaurants, bars, and sights in the area. We analyze our millions of tips, likes, and over 3.5 billion check-ins to show you the most-loved places in any city.Features: Get instant suggestions when you open the app, like breakfast spots in the morning, dinner after a movie, or sights if youre traveling in a new place See where friends go, and when theyre nearby Easily search for Thai, park, or brunch Get directions, menus, hours, photos, and more Filter by distance, price, specials, whats open, places you havent been, and more Make OpenTable reservations within the app Get tips from friends, top publications and brands Keep track of where youve been Like or dislike places and leave tips for friends Save places to your to-do list We learn your tastes the more you check inDont miss out on the good stuff. Download the app today and start making the most of where you are.
What's new in this version: We simplified Foursquare to focus on what's most relevant right now:- Got an hour to kill before dinner? There's a new 'nearby' button. Tap it to see which of your friends are around.- Want to meet up with someone right now? We now just show each friend's most recent check-in. Want to dig deeper and see more? Tap through to their profile.- As always, the second you open the app, we show you what's interesting around you, like a new restaurant or a popular concert nearby. Find great stuff, nearby... See all new features
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