New Foursquare Update for Android [Review]

What a lovely Christmas surprise for me! I happened to be hanging ’round Twitter today when I saw the following from Foursquare‘s Dennis Crowley:

Immediately I jumped on my Android, enabled out-of-market apps (this is NOT the official release – that’s coming in January 2011), and got to downloading the new Foursquare for Android. Now, after much fanfare over the recent iPhone update, I already knew mostly what to expect – photos and commenting. So these are the obvious features that I wanted to test out and review.

First things first. The initial check-in screen still looks the same when you visit a venue’s page on the mobile app. Once you click to check-in, you are brought to a whole new screen, rather than having a pop-up window. The new screen allows you to comment and/or upload a photo. You can upload a photo from your phone or take an all new photo. Of course, you still have the usual options to share or not to share. You can also check-in without a photo, and add a photo later by visiting the venue’s page, bringing up the menu, and clicking the option to add a photo.

When you tweet a check-in with a photo, it looks no different. It only posts your comment, venue, and a link to the venue’s Foursquare page. The photo will not show up directly in Twitter like it does with Twitpic, Yfrog, Plixi, etc… The photos are only visible once you click through to the venue’s page on Foursquare’s website.

The entire process is seamless, intuitive and most importantly – fun! I highly recommend the update, as it only serves to strengthen Foursquare’s hold on the location-based service market.

Finally, Mark Wyszomierski deserves some recognition as the man behind the construction of the new Android app. Well done!

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