Foursquare Completely Revamps Android, iOS Apps
Foursquare today announced that it has made a significant revision to its applications for the Android and iOS platforms, which will become available later today. One of the biggest changes is the inclusion of a new "Explore" tab. This tab will let users explore (i.e., search for) the different places/venues that are nearby. According to Foursquare it will show results that are relavant to that user's check-in patterns as well as that of the user's Foursquare friends. The new application will also let users access more information about themselves, and their friends with the "Me" tab. The new Foursquare application features a wholly re-realized leaderboard section for tracking checkins, points, and badges. Last, Foursquare is going to add six new types of specials that merchants can offer to their most loyal customers (i.e., those who are Mayor, etc.). The app will also more clearly display where nearby specials are located. Foursquare said that the 3.0 version of the application will be made available to the BlackBerry platform later this week.
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.
Instagram Stories to Show Up In Explore Tab
Instagram today said it will begin to show Instagram Stories under the Explore tab in its mobile app. Instagram Stories, which are ephemeral like Snapchat posts, let people share everyday moments as photos and/or video clips strung together.
Twitter Debuts 'Explore' Tab In Mobile Apps
Twitter today took a step toward simplifying the process of browsing through and searching for content in its Android and iOS mobile apps. Moving forward, Twitter is combining the Trends, Moments, and Search functions into a single tab called Explore.
BlackBerry Overhauls Productivity Tab for Android
BlackBerry today pushed out a brand new version of the Productivity Tab application for Android handsets, including the Priv, DTEK50, and DTEK60. BlackBerry says the Productivity Tab is now cleaner and more user friendly thanks to the addition of features such as Quick Triage for items in the Hub.