Foursquare Updates Android App to Version 2.0
Following the recent update of Foursquare for the iPhone, the Foursquare for the Android platform has now been updated to version 2.0, also. As with the iPhone version, Foursquare has split the Tips and To-Do, which Foursquare believes will help users accomplish things on their To-Do list faster. Users can now more easily add venues to their To-Do list, as well as see how popular any given venue is with other Foursquare users. Last, the new Foursquare application also offers a new function called "Add to My Foursquare." With this function, users can find venues on the web and, with a software tool being distributed by Foursquare for web site developers, click a link that adds the venue to their To-Do list. Foursquare says a number of web sites have already started adding the "Add to My Foursquare" function already, with more to follow. The update is free from the Android Market.
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.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.
Google Adding Explore Function to Maps App
Google hopes Android and iOS Maps users will take advantage of a new tool for exploring their surroundings. Google is adding a new button to Maps called Explore, which will tell people what's nearby.
Instagram Improves Trend and Search Features
Instagram today revealed a new version of its mobile app that introduces two significant changes. First, Instagram has reimagined the "explore" function to better reflect trending stories, conversations, and news.