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Foursquare iPad app finally arrives to AppStore

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Seven months after reintroducing itself and separating into two apps, Foursquare is launching its dedicated iPad app. The iPad app is a lot like the newly redesigned Foursquare iPhone app but there are some new features which utilizes large screen of a tablet.  The update adds a new section that displays recommendations of the top-rated venues in your neighborhood. The recommendations are broken down into “newly popular, up-and-coming, and local mainstays. It also adds features to help users plan trips outside of their city or neighborhood.

Foursquare made a risky move to compete with Yelp as a local discovery tool rather than being a check-in app to see what your friends are doing at the moment. Many users complain about the change. Personally I don’t use Swarm (for check-ins) and I used to be a heavy Foursquare user, on the other hand Foursquare is now my major local discovery app. I’m not sure how the change worked on other users but Foursquare is unclear about it.

Download the app and share your opinion.

source: Foursquare blog

 

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