Foursquare gets a face-lift for a better all-around experience (First Take)

By now, “checking in” at coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and sporting events is a common practice across many apps, but it was Foursquare that really made this social activity popular.

Before the announcement, I had a phone interview with Alex Rainert, head of product at Foursquare. Rainert says Foursquare has listened to user feedback and has torn apart the current app for both iOS and Android and rebuilt it anew to make browsing locations around you an easier and richer experience.

The new layout of the Explore tab offers results based on your location and data collected from other people on Foursquare.

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With the latest version of Foursquare, the interface has been completely reworked to a much cleaner design so you can get to what you want quickly using only three tabs across the bottom of the screen (the former design had five buttons across the bottom). The Friends tab (which used to be only about checking in) now offers big photos you can swipe to browse along with tips, lists, and places your friends have saved. From here you can “Like” or comment on activity by touching a button for each. The new layout seems much better organized from what I’ve seen and should make it easier to pick up and use for people new to the service.

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