Android Foursquare App Gains New Rating System
Foursquare has updated its Android application so that it falls in line with features recently provided to the iOS version. Specifically, Foursquare for Android now includes the new venue rating system in the Explore tab. According to Foursquare, it bases its 10-point rating system on check-ins, popularity, tips, dislikes, loyalty, and other factors. The update is a free download from the Google Play Store.
Cortana Now Shows Foursquare Recommendations
Microsoft today said it has enabled Foursquare recommendations within Cortana, the virtual personal assistant that's part of Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana will now proactively showcase local recommendations on handsets, though the feature must first be enabled by device owners.
Android Wear App Gains New Design
Google has updated the Android Wear app for smartphones ahead of the Android Wear system update for smartwatches. The smartphone Android Wear app has a brand new design that more closely matches Google's Material Design concepts.
Google Puts Generic Android Email App in Play Store
Google has added another core Android application to the growing list of those that can be updated outside of full-on system upgrades. Google made the generic email application that ships on many Android phones (separate from the official Gmail app) available as a stand-alone app in the Play Store.
YouTube Revises Recommendations for Android and iOS Apps
YouTube is pushing out a new version of its mobile app to Android and iOS devices with changes to the home screen. The home section of the app offers more relevant personalized recommendations, says Google, that are generated by neural network technology.
Twitter, Foursquare to Offer Place Tagging in Tweets
Twitter today said it has partnered with Foursquare so users can tag specific locations in Tweets. Twitter already lets users to tag their location from its mobile apps, but the location is defined loosely across a broad area, like a neighborhood or town.