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ALTERNATIVE: 4th & Mayor 3rd Party Foursquare Client for Windows Phone 7 [with Video] [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 16.03.11 - 17:12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9002x
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While Foursquare's Windows Phone 7 client was available right with the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Foursquare hasn't updated its app in any way to either fix some of the nasty bugs (for instance umlauts or other special characters are still not supported which means users can't check-in to locations which contains it) or support some of the latest Foursquare features (including photo uploads from locations or commenting on check-ins). However, thankfully there are some smart developers out there and Jeff Wilcox, a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, is currently working on a new feature-rich Foursquare client for Windows Phone 7 which is called 4th & Mayor.

Strictly following the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Metro UI guidelines, 4th & Mayor features a beautiful, clean design and layout. It support all the basic Foursquare features like searching four locations, seeing friends check-ins as well as checking-in to a location but it also supports photos and comments. It's possible to comment on check-ins as well as adding photos to places and tips. Furthermore it supports recommendations and leaderboard features. And yes, 4th & Mayor supports international, non-ASCII characters as well!

And there are even additional features in the pipeline for future updates which includes Foursquare's specials support (including all the new special types and location of nearby specials when viewing places), enhanced notifications about friend requests, specials nearby, etc., additional performance and usability fixes as well as the ability to add new Foursquare locations.

Right now, 4th & Mayor is available as a free public Beta download but requires an either developer or ChevronWP7 unlocked devices. However, the website mentions that the app is now pending for Marketplace approval and should therefore be publically available soon.

UPDATE: 4th & Mayor is now publically available as a free download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Ånsgar on 16.03.11 - 22:22:16

Thanks for the tip, looks promising enough to test it later on my Chevron-freed device. Are the latest and greatest Foursquare features finally coming to Windows Phone?

Posted by Jeff on 16.03.11 - 23:57:24

Thanks for doing the video! Sorry it looks to be running a little slow on your device, after the next phone update it should be much better. I assume you were using EDGE/3G and not WiFi?

Posted by Arne Hess on 17.03.11 - 13:56:24

Jeff, yes - I was on HSDPA but as you said, it was somewhat slow! However, I would never blame a free Beta software for that since I always hope the RTM will be much better. Nevertheless, I have a question: Looks like I don't get any maps. I've seen your comment on Twitter that it depends on the Bing maps quality but since Germany is a Windows Phone 7 launch country, I would expect that Bing Maps is good enough here (especially because it seems to work correct with the original Foursquare app). Any chances to enable it?
Another question I have is about check-ins. I've noticed that the Twitter and Facebook control are often grayed out and I have to switch on/off the Foursquare notification a couple of times to get it activated?

Last but not least, keep up the great work! As a German with many umlauts in locations, I really appreciate your work! :-)

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