After last week’s update to the web version Foursquare released an update of its iPhone and Android apps. The location-based social network added what it’s calling “super-specific searches” to the mobile version of the service. Users can filter their searches based on the following criteria: “I’ve checked in before,” “I haven’t checked in,” “my friends have checked in,” “offering specials,” “open now” and “I’ve saved.” Users also have the option to choose the amount of money they want to spend, with dollar signs reflecting certain price ranges. But for those who want to keep it simple, the app still allows users to select “best nearby” to see the app’s recommendations, or to search for “specials” for good deals.
Basically it’s the same feature that is on 4sq Explore tab on the website but it makes much more sense to have it on a smartphone. For sometime already Foursquare is slowly moving from check-in service to local-social discovery/search tool… and it seems like a good strategy because it’s actually why I might come back to Foursquare after getting a little bit board of it few months earlier.