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Foursquare Introduces “Connected Apps”

The massively successful location sharing service, Foursquare has announced probably the biggest update since its inception: Connected Apps. Until now, developers had been using Foursquare’s API for building feature rich apps. But those were standalone apps, and could not interact with the main Foursquare app. This new update means to change that. Now developers can create apps which will work right within Foursquare itself, and will be able to provide recommendations based on user’s location. For example, you will receive culinary suggestions when you check into a restaurant; and weather suggestions when you visit another city or a country.

This update has come after Foursquare recently overhauled their mobile app, and introduced a completely redesigned user interface. Foursquare has partnered with quite a few companies to release a developers preview of Connected Apps. To quote their blog:

Our preview partners below can be found in the app gallery, which we’ll update again with our full launch:

Eat This, Not That – From Men’s Health Mag, Eat This, Not That tells you what dishes to order and what to avoid at restaurants when you check in

Untappd – Shows recommendations from friends and others on which beer to order, and easily check-in to beers from within foursquare

Sonar – Informs you of your connections to interesting people nearby

Soundtracking – Share and discover songs your friends have shared at a place

Snoball – Trigger charity donations when you check in, and tells you about friends’ donations

Foodspotting – Share and get recommendations on which dishes to order

GroupMe – Makes it easier to share your check-in with a group of friends on GroupMe

Blue Legends – Notifies you when you earn extra rewards for checking into Lufthansa venues

Instagram – Share your Instagram photos on foursquare, which friends can see and tap through to the Instagram app

Path – Share photos and text from Path, which tap through to the Path app

The Weather Channel – Get the weather forecast with your first check-in of the day and when you check in to a new city

This is an exciting step taken by Foursquare, and it is hoped that other major services will follow suit and help form an interconnected web of apps to provide a seamless user experience.