The redesigned Foursquare app for Windows Phone is now live on the Store along with its new UI and feature focus. Designed to run on all versions of Windows Phone, including the aging 7.5, Foursquare 4.0 looks to bring a more Yelp-like experience with discovery taking priority over social.
The new redesign may not win everyone over, however after running the new app for a few minutes it does have some clever and well thought out features. Interestingly, it does have a 'check in' option, although it is a button that launches the Foursquare Swarm app, assuming you have it installed. The handoff to Swarm works well, making the two apps seamless in usability.
Foursquare 4.0 lets you pick certain categories of food and drink and then customizes searches for you based off of the input, which can be modified later on. From there, you can rate, save or share new discoveries in addition to leaving a 'tip' for others. Swiping to the right brings up Overview, Photos, and Details.
Overall, the new Foursquare app is a bit better than we had anticipated, though we will leave the final decision to you. Performance is 'okay' for a complete rewrite, although we hope it improves in later iterations. No indication yet of a similar redesign for the Windows 8.1 app, though we will keep an eye out.
Go and give it a try, leave your comment below on what you think.
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