To focus on recommendations, Foursquare splitting service into two apps

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Foursquare is hoping to become your “go to” location-based recommendation service and to make that happen they have announced plans to split their service into two different apps. The existing Foursquare name will go with the app that will provide recommendations in response to user input like “what is a good place for dinner?” Foursquare hopes users will turn to the app when searching out restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other locations in a manner similar to what users do with a service like Yelp or even Google’s map search. Foursquare says the results will be built based on the user’s preferences and check-in history.

Meanwhile, the “check-in” functions of the current app, which let people share their location to friends and family, will be split off into a new app called Swarm. Android and iOS versions will be available in a few weeks with a Windows Phone version following. According to Foursquare, the two apps will work together as part of the company’s overall strategy.

source: TheNextWeb

Foursquare CEO thinks location based notifications is the future for the app

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Foursquare, the popular “check-in” app, is poised to introduce a new feature that CEO Dennis Crowley thinks represents the app of his team’s dreams. Crowley started talking up the push notification feature yesterday and apparently today the new capability will start rolling out to a small group of Android users. The new function runs in the background and when a user visits a location, the Foursquare app will periodically push a notification to the user with information about the place they are visiting. According to Crowley, the “tips” will come from other users or possibly the merchant, but they will not be paid messages.

Crowley thinks the new features is “huge” and represents the version of Foursquare “we’ve been talking about building for a long time.” He also thinks it is going to fuel growth for the app by generating new users and enticing former users back into the fold. Sources see this as more of a step to make Foursquare a more attractive target for a company like Apple or Yahoo! that may want to include this kind of user interaction in their own location-based apps.

The initial roll-out of the new function will be to only 2,000 Android users, but it should eventually be available for all Android device users by the end of 2013. iPhone users will have to wait a bit, probably until after iOS 7 is officially released.

If you are a Foursquare user, what do you think of this new feature? Is it something you would find useful?

source: AllThingsD

Review: Mobeo from Mobywan, Social Location-based Gaming

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Actions Speak Louder. So throw a Flaming Cabbage.

Yea, thats right, Flaming Cabbage. Today we’re going to discuss a location based game called Mobeo, which utilizes an arsenal of throwable items from flaming cabbages to bad eggs, agitated soda cans, angry missiles, and more. Non-throwable or “traps” including but are not limited to, slippery bananas, bottomless puddles, menacing rain clouds, possessed lawnmowers, and the list continues. Now tell me ‘possessed lawnmower’ doesn’t peak your interest just a little.

The game is, as I said location based. You go about your day, keeping a watch on friends at your leisure via other location based application such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare or maybe even your sixth sense. Understand though, these applications are only used to assist you in finding the location of the friends you’re connected to. It is absolutely your call if you choose to use the checkins from your friends or take a shot in the dark. Basically, any way you can find out where a target is located at any given time. Whatever you choose, when you actually locate and hit a friend with your weapon of choice you will feel an unexpected excitement when Mobeo give you that notification that your target has been hit. This being said, from the description I laid out, you do not have to share your location with anyone to play.

Hit the break for a video, screenshots and more!

Bizzy For Android Now Available, Download It From The Market

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Stuck in an endless loop of  ”I don’t knows” with your friends or spouse on where to go out for the night?  Let Bizzy help you decide.  The highly popular and coveted application for iPhone is now available for Android lovers everywhere.  Bizzy allows you to quickly locate places to eat, shop and play while on the go.  Bizzy Inc’s recommendation engine incorporated in the app is pretty powerful and you shouldn’t have difficulty conjuring up a restaurant, shop or access to quick night life when needed.   » Read the rest