Earlier this year, Foursquare broke off their popular check-in service with the release of Swarm to all mobile platforms. Focusing on social interaction and planning, Swarm expands upon some of the core features of Foursquare, but it leaves a muddled message.
For a few months now, the company has spoken about a redesigned Foursquare experience, and that looks to be coming closer today, as a private beta has gone out to testers.
This release is the good news. The bad news is the new app design is rather generic and bland as compared to the rather eye-catching version we all have today.
The new Foursquare app removes many of the social features of the previous version and instead, the service is more about discovery of locations around you with reviews of those establishments, akin to Yelp. Not much else is known about the app, including planned features as the beta is not open to the public.
Seeing as the app is now in testing, we are likely looking at another few weeks before release. Having said that, we are currently not too excited over a new direction the app is taking, though we will reserve final judgment until release. For now, you can peep the beta on the Store but you will be unable to download it unless you are a part of the beta.