Foursquare released an update for their mobile app a couple days ago, but calling it an update might be a little inaccurate. The Foursquare 5.0 is a full-blown overhaul.
The bottom of the app has three tabs – friends, explore, and profile. In the friends tab, you can swipe through photos and look at your friends’ tips, lists, and saved places. You can now like things, and leave comments, much like you would on every other social networking app out there.
Explore is where you’ll find the bulk of the important changes, as Foursquare attempts to get smarter. The app will detect whether you’re in your home neighborhood or traveling, and adjust recommendations accordingly. Those recommendations are based on your check-ins, your friends’ check-ins, and check-ins from the entire Foursquare user base. You can now browse for locations by category or keyword, which will yield location-specific results, much like Yelp does. Nearby friends can also be found in the explore tab.
Profile will include all of the Foursquare stats, badges, and saved information you’re used to seeing. Checking-in will always be accessible, via a button on the upper right hand corner of the app.
The updated Foursquare 5.0 app is now live for Android and iOS devices, with the BlackBerry update promised in the next few weeks.