In the recent days, Foursquare teased us that it's working on a, how they called it "all new 4sq" which was finally released today and in its v5, Foursquare changed virtually everything, including the reason why to use Foursquare. Was it launched to be a simple tool to check-in app and let your friends and world know where you are hanging around, it's now about discovering the place and area you are. This comes with some major changes in the overall look and feel of the mobile apps. The new friends tab, for instance, features now huge, swipeable photos, plus tips, lists, and places your friends have saved. And it wouldn't be a social network if you can't "like" and comment on friends activity, which you can now!
The re-imagined Explore gives you ideas of where to go the moment you open it up (you don't even have to search) since Foursquare is now telling you where your friends are, where you can save money, and what you might like nearby. Foursquare even knows if you're in your home neighborhood or traveling and adjust the recommendations. It's not the one-size-fits-all approach to local discovery you're used to; it's said to be smart, because it's customized based on each of your check-ins, your friends' check-ins, and the more than 2,000,000,000 check-ins from the foursquare community.
Furthermore you can also use Explore to browse popular categories, or find something specific, like "free WiFi" or "dumplings". The results are again personalized based on where you, your friends, and people with your tastes have checked in. Foursquare expects that it is the perfect tool for planning a night out or a week-long vacation.
Also checking-in is now faster than ever since Foursquare moved the button (it's on the top right now) and everything behind the scenes was sped.
But that's not all but everything else is new too, as Foursquare mentioned. The profile tab allows to swipe through your own history.
Apple and Android users can get the upgrade right today, BlackBerry users will see the update in the in the upcoming weeks but no word about a planned upgrade for Windows Phone.
Cheers ~ Arne