Evzdrop Checks-in on Android

Evzdrop Checks-in on Android

Jan 31, 2013

Check-in apps can be rather pedantic, but Evzdrop promises a better solution for the user who wants to share where they are and what they do without being boring and annoying their friends. That’s because Evzdrop is in and of itself a social network, encouraging its users to write Twitter-esque microblogs at the places that they check in at. Thus, a check-in becomes a story of what happens at that specific time and place, and users can also share photos of the places they’re at. Locations can also respond to their check-ins, and even offer special deals to those who check-in, or just provide feedback on bad experiences. Users can also follow locations to see what other people are doing at those locations – for example, following a sports stadium to see what people at the events are taking photos of. The app already has a community built around it from its iOS launch, and is now available on Android on Google Play.

Snapp Makes Indoor Mapping and Checking In a Possibility

Snapp Makes Indoor Mapping and Checking In a Possibility

Sep 25, 2012

Everyone's used a mapping application or a check-in service at this point, and the linking thread between them is that while it's possible to navigate to locations, it's only possible to see it as one giant entity. For shopping malls, it can be difficult to check in to the actual stores in the mall, for example. Snapp has a way to help. This app has the ability to map the insides of buildings for easier check-in and navigation. While it appears that this technology is specific to the app itself, the app also includes maps for over 100 locations worldwide to help navigate, including several of the largest shopping malls in the US. At worst, Snapp serves as an effective way to check in to multiple services at once, including Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter with location-enabled tweets, and developer Sensewhere's own Friendswhere service. Snapp is available as a free download from Google Play.

Foursquare Brings “Beyond Check-In” Notifications to Android First

Foursquare, love it or hate it, is a major player in the burgeoning geolocation check-in service industry. Their apps are important for usage of the service, allowing for users to check-in to the locations they visit, so friends can see where they are visiting, and to discover popular hangouts in their city. What this new update provides are expanded notifications from the service. Users can now get notifications of when other Foursquare users comment on check-ins, when friends sign up for Foursquare, alerts about tips on Foursquare, alerts about when a user’s Foursquare mayorship is usurped, along with more of these “beyond check-in” notifications. These should hopefully expand users’ Foursquare experiences, and get them more relevant information when they need it.

What’s most interesting about this update? Android is getting the notifications update first. While this is also available on the web Foursquare, Android is the first mobile client to get access to these new notifications. Typically, iOS gets notifications support first, in part because Apple’s notification system, while flawed, is superior for instant updating due to all notifications running through Apple’s servers; Google’s C2DM (cloud to device messaging) goes more unused, and applications usually utilize interval-based notification checking. So, for a notification service to launch on Android first is big news, and a major push for notifications on Android. These features will likely hit iOS and Blackberry as well, but Android users get a lucky first crack at them.

While Foursquare remains a service that is geared more toward residents of larger cities (Foursquare was founded in Chicago, a city with plenty of places to check-in, and one of the most popular cities on the service), and updates to services like Twitter can clog a person’s feed without providing any relevant information, especially for followers who are not residents of that person’s city, its popularity is difficult to question, and this new update is a real benefit for Android users. Foursquare is available for free from the Android Market.

Source: Talk Android

Foursquare 3.0 – New Explore Tab, Leaderboard and more…

Foursquare 3.0 – New Explore Tab, Leaderboard and more…

Mar 14, 2011

Insanely popular social check-in site Foursquare celebrated 2 years of ‘checking-in’ with a revamped Foursquare 3.0. This updated version improves on real world features and the Foursquare idea of “making cities easier to use.”

Foursquare announced their new 3.0 in a heart-felt blog last week and highlighted some of the major changes which included a new “Explore” tab, a major overhaul to the leaderboard and six new types of Foursquare “Specials” for merchants.