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Foursquare finally launches Swarm on Windows Phone 8.1 [Updated]

Swarm, a new check-in service from Foursquare, is coming out today for Windows Phone. Teased a few weeks ago on the Foursquare blog, the app lets you see where you friends are and then to check into those places. Swarm is not exactly replacing Foursquare, which is focusing on 'discovery' going forward, and it too should have a Windows Phone refresh in the near future according to the Foursquare Twitter account.

The big focus for Swarm over its predecessor is social, as features like traditional mayorships and the points system get dropped in exchange for seeing where your friends are for the evening. Now you can be mayor of a location, but only amongst your friends and not the rest of the world. Users will also still get Insights aka knowing how many times they have checked into a location. Finally, stickers. Yes, if you thought junior highschool was over, you would be wrong as Stickers play a significant role in Swarm.

As we described it back in May:

"While Foursquare has been used for sharing where you are for years, Swarm aims to facilitate meet-ups with friends more easily by letting you broadcast where you're going next and what your friends' plans are. Meanwhile, the original Foursquare app will be changing a little bit to be more focused on venue discovery and reviews."

The service so far has received mixed results, and it is not clear if users will make it the next-big thing or a failed departure from the traditional Foursquare system.

Regardless, you can now download Swarm and try it yourself.

Update: Swarm has already picked up its first update a few hours after launching for Windows Phone. You'll now find version of Swarm in the Windows Phone Store. The quick update fixed an issue where some languages couldn't check in.

QR: Swarm

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Okay, he never said anyone is stopping him from doing anything.
  • So do we have to keep both or uninstall Foursquare....still don't understand.
  • Not sure what you mean, but one thing I wonder, is will 4th and mayor work via new service, or will the app have to be rewritten? Also, just a comment that I think this whole thing is dumb. If they wanted two different services, make the current check in app still check in and then take the other less commonly used features and make them the new app.
  • Their "CEO" apologizes. ;)
  • lol
  • haha exactly
  • Nice! Its about time for WP. All they need is to update the foursquare like what they did to other platform.
  • Apps and games are flowing to WP!
    Happy times!!!
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  • +620
  • Just when the Verge was getting over their addiction of putting "finally" in every WP article, WPCentral picks up the baton lol
  • On May 1st Foursquare announced Swarm and said it would be coming to Windows Phone shortly after the Android and iOS versions. The Android/iOS version launched on May 15. That's nearly three months ago! I think the finally is deserved here ;)
  • So what word will be the best for when Flippboard comes to WP?? :)
  • "About f*cking time"
  • Ahaha... ^that. Lol
  • Hahhahahaa
  • This literally had me laughing in a meeting.. Lol..
  • Ha ha ha... best description ever.
  • This!
  • The best word for Flippboard would be Miracle :P
  • I don't believe flipboard will come to WP until MS cuts those devs a check for doing it.
  • Better late than never...?
  • Agreed.
  • Sam, you are absolutely right. The "finally" is deserved given the time gap. However, I would like to recommend that WP Central writers consider that many of their articles reinforce the underdog mentality of the Windows Phone platform. For me, at least, it gets depressing to read comments that dwell on the lack of love for WP. If I were new to the platform or even considering moving toward it, I would be discouraged from making the move when so many articles leave a bad impression. I know this isn't the intention, but I do believe these can be unintended consequences. I would prefer the articles to simply focus on the good news rather than soil it with negative, albeit secondary, details.
  • I never thought of it that way. Good observation.
  • Interesting perspective. Good point!
  • You are absolutely right about that.
  • Too bad it isn't available for WP7.8 :/
  • And so isn't Skype....
  • A WP 8.1 handset isn't expensive, friend. Time you let go of your, what, 2+ year old phone?
  • Especially today -- a Lumia 520 is $39.99 on Amazon.
  • lol, I never understood that.
  • It isn't available for 8.0. Some of us don't have the 8.1 update yet.
  • Keep em coming :D
  • Nobody used Foursquare out of my friends. That's the issue with all these new up-and-coming social media apps: they start out very slow because no one knows about them! Not like Foursquare was new, but just unpopular with the market I'm in. My point still stands, however.
  • Foursquare never caught on much with my crowd either, and not for lack of trying to get others to try it. After scoring mayorship for a few locations, the fun wears off. Frankly, most people tire quickly of being forced into the role of paparazzi for their family, friends, non-friends, ...
  • I love Foursquare. Super excited to take Swarm for a spin!
  • I was interested in foursquare for travel purposes.  I only had 4 friends on it I think and most didn't use it.  I thought building a good profile would help with new places and especially for travel. I think I'm moving more to just using Yelp.
  • My thoughts on Foursquare vs Yelp: Yelp's reviews help you find where to go, Foursquare's tips help you figure out what to do when you get there. They provide a good symbiosis.
  • Thanks for the tip! ;) I think I under utilized the tips in foursquare
  • integrated with Cortana??
  • I was searching for this app and could not find it in store.
  • Probably hidden because the app keeps crashing.
  • Only in specifik regions it seams
  • App crashes :(
  • Turn location service on
  • Yeah, this is the solution for the login problem
  • a lot!!!
  • It is very unstable. Crashes quite a bit.
  • New update published v hope that helps
  • Nops. Still crashing.
  • Even if the service has not been very well received, at least the app is here.
  • Here I come!
    WP platform is getting good, one step at a time. ^o^ ...btw kind of off-topic but I'm wondering what happened to Flipboard app promise?
  • And snapchat, too!
  • Still waiting for LEGO: Life of George. Was announced back in Oct 2012.
  • I tried 15 minutes ago. The apps still not available but now I'm very happy.
  • Let's hope the Foursquare revamp won't take as long to show up.
  • I find facebook checkin more meaningful
  • Foursquare's location database is a thousand times better than the one from Facebook.
  • Facebook has a million times more users than Foursquare ;-)
  • But then facebook user base a million times bigger than foursquare. To me that's more important
  • And? FS is not FB and FB is not FS, I preffer FS database, more and better information than FB.
  • You can check in to Foursquare which can check in to Facebook simultaneously...
  • Tried to log in with my fousquare account, after that app keeps crashing when I try to open it.
  • It is beyond me that such big companies fail to put a simple location service check in their apps. App crashes when opened with location service disabled.
  • this
  • It doesn't let me open the app after I logged in. :( it closes right away after I tap to open it.
  • Well I turned on location and it works but crashes most of the time. I'll waiting for an update. :) nice to have it though
  • Now Verizon just needs to send out 8.1
  • It crashes when I open the app
  • Turn location on if you have it off; if you have it on... I cannot help :/
  • Can't sign in with facebook account
  • Crashes in 920 Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Im sorry, i still doesnt understand the difference between them. Crashes a lot :S
  • The difference will be clear when Foursquare updates the foursquare app, completely different apps. There's a review of it somewhere on The Verge.
  • It has a demo that kind of tells you what it's about. You can check in at a place and notify your foursquare social circle so that they can join you. You can also get notifications when a friend checks-in within a certain radius.
  • Cant sign in. Fail
  • Can't sign in either. Bummer.
  • Oh look, Foursquare "forgot" to update their Swarp homepage to indicate about Windows Phone app. Shall we remind them? #DontForgetYourOwnApp perhaps?
  • Most companies leave the Windows Phone Store banner off their website. Idk why. It's not like it hurts them in any way. And it barely takes up space.
  •   \o/
  • Hey, I was right!! "I will be generous and say... Hmm... August?" And in relation to astroXPs post, I'll promote another of my forgotten threads: Should add them to the list...
  • Cannot log in using FB or email.
  • No transparent tile...
  • I noticed .. ugh - i wanted to replace my foursquare with this tile, but now I've got this orange block obscuring a picture of Hissington (my cat)
  • Good. Getting a little tired of every app having a transparent tile. If it was an option then fine, but most won't bother and give you one or the other.
  • EDIT: Wrong spot. Nothing to see here.
  • You can delete comments using the WP Central app on Windows, if you have access ;)
  • Toast notifications are buggy. Just says new Notification, doesnt show who checked in and no app icon..
  • I'm having a lot of non icon notifications and not clickable
  • Yes. Nothing happens..
  • So will 4th & Mayor just pivot to using the swarm API?
  • Works great for me on my 1520.  While I've only had it for 5 minutes, I think the idea around swarm is better than Foursquare (or at least now complimentary) as it is more about the social aspect of where your friends are or what they are doing versus a pure business locator/reccomendation app.  Now we have soon as they update Foursquare....
  • It is a good idea if you live in a big city and have lots of nearby friends that also use Swarm. Problem is, it's useless in most other scenarios. I will check it out, but most of my Foursquare using friends gave up after the split. It'll only be lil ole me on Swarm... that's a tiny swarm. :)
  • One of the best app ever
  • It doesn't work good. It's very buggy and it can't check in. (Russia/920)
  • They should fix the foursquare app, it won't open. I'd be lost without 4th & Mayor.
  • Still Didn't understand what kind of app it is?
  • It's the new Foursquare. But it's puzzling to us because the old Foursquare still does the same thing. When they update the Foursquare app to be the same as iOS and Android the difference will be clear.
  • And the first complaint is the colour scheme. Come on, orange on a white background. Almost unreadable. Second complaint. When checking in with friends, the list of friends is one line long. It doesn't show more than one friend at a time. Pity help if you are checking in more than two people.   :P
  • "Finally, stickers. Yes, if you thought junior highschool was over, you would be wrong as Stickers play a significant role in Swarm." Had to laugh at that, because stickers seem to be more of a thing for adults than any kid. My kids were over stickers by the time they each hit first grade. Their eyerolls in response to pathetic sticker bribes are priceless.
  • Dont working my lumia 1520 (cyan+gdr1) crash crash crash
  • Coool! Para tu
  • It doesn't work. Keeps crashing before you do anything.
    But it's prettier than our ugly and useless Foursquare app.
  • And faster (really, it seems faster). Haven't crashed yet for me, after just a few minutes of use though.
  • Anyone see a problem here? I signed into the ago with my Facebook account.
  • yeah, same here too.
  • Notifications show just a link and when you click it, it does nothing.
  • Same here L720
  • really annoying L920
  • Was waiting for this app... Downloading...
  • So when is twitter gonna be fix on WP 8.1??
  • This.
  • I stopped using foursquare after they prevented you from taking mayorship of anything. There's no incentive to use the service without points or mayorships.
  • Ah, that explains why I couldn't win any mayorships lately. That sucks. Well at least it's back (in a slightly different fashion) with Swarm.
  • ...
  • Keeps crashing!
  • .. (remove this comment)
  • You can delete your comments from the app for Windows.
  • Wow great :D I love Foursquare! Add me folks :))
  • Mine crashes on the plans section...
  • Viber updated
  • Omg, ugly..
  • No Me tile integration but at least you can checkin a friend now
  • Downloaded it and no crashes for me - I am also seeing comments that there is a new version of Foursquare coming but not sure if it means for Windows Phone too
  • Do you have windows phone 8.1 with or without Update 1 ???
  • Won't let me download because 8.1 hasn't been released for my phone yet. Lame!
  • This happened with BookMyShow app revamp as well. Location disabled and app crashed on open. What are the testing teams doing in these companies?
    This is like the very basic test case when the app crashes on first open when location is disabled.
  • Location based app devs probably never considered for a second that you would have location off and want their app...
  • Hrm. Not quite what I hope it would be. Checking in is a little too tedious since it seems to always pick the wrong nearest location and also require a manual refresh. I was hoping maybe it would also show dots on the screen indicating where people in general are (read: Dot rendered heatmap) and hence the reason for the name Swarm. There was an app that did this on another platform way back when... Was a cool way to see what was going on in the city. We'll see what they do to improve this. In the meantime, I'm using foursquare until they remove check in abilities. Then back to rebuilding my Yelp! presence.
  • Login with Facebook account doesn't work on my Lumia 1020
  • Says app isn't available for my Nokia Lumia 920. WTF?!
  • The app keeps crashing after facebook authentication. It is quite weird
  • Doesn't appear to be optimised for my Lumia 930's screen resolution... Also, no app icon in the toast notifications? Very unfinished!
  • Lol @ windows phone 7.8
  • So, basically, this is a Lemming service.  Ugh. I just don't get the drive behind this kind of service.
  • Meh, not sure why they wouldn't have given us the ability to pin check in to Start...?
  • Sharing check-ins to Facebook also does not work...  :(
  • App keeps crashing, can't sign in. Another untested app released by dumb developers!
  • Ok,so the app keep crashing only when your location is off.
  • Crashing and not working on my Lumia 625. Anyone else?
  • Error Problem with app after installation WTH   
  • I already miss the mayorships and points! ):
  • App crash after update minutes ago...Lumia 1520
  • Up date posted
  • Even after the update (just released) facebook login still doesn't work. 1020 UK
  • which part of facebook login doesnt work?
  • After allowing swarm to use fb, goes back to app and its stuck on loading...never actually signs in
  • The app crashes when ı sing up with my foursquare account on my lumia 920 !!
  • It doesn't replace Foursquare but one you install this, you won't use Foursquare to do checkins anymore.  Which is ok too.
  • I cant enter swarm with my foursquare account cuz the app coulsnt open ı tried every way that you said before.
  • Got it but for some reason the main screen looks very very small. I think it's because of my screen but that shouldn't be a problem.
  • Path for windows phone had an update too
  • Not bad so far, crashing notwithstanding. I wish they'd lowercase their menu item and button labels though, they look really out of place vs the OS when they have initial caps.
  • App is not very good. Loads forever and crashes on my 1520