Foursquare is preparing a major redesign of its original mobile app. After it pulled the traditional check-in and launched a new, standalone app called Swarm, the company is giving its existing discovery and location-based recommendation app an entirely new look and feel.
For starters, Foursquare is rebranding. The new typeface uses a darker shade of blue, while swapping out the iconic check-in logo for a pink ‘F’ emblem.
Inside the app though, you’ll find a new navigation bar at the bottom, with the options Find a Place, Here, Tips and Profile. The first option has large, photo-centric segments recommending places nearby and businesses that cater to your specific tastes. A search bar is shown prominently at the top and there’s a horizontal carousel underneath for selecting specific destination types, such as Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee and Dinner.
If you have the Swarm app installed, Foursquare is promising that the two will “work seamlessly together.” In the screenshots below, you can see the additional option on the right-hand image, just below the green numbered rating. This will only appear to people who have Swarm installed on their device.
To that end, Foursquare is shifting all check-ins over to its Swarm app tomorrow. If you’ve managed to ignore Swarm and continue checking in with the Foursquare app up until now, that will no longer be an option.
“This is the beginning of the ‘personalized local search’ future we’ve been talking about since we started Foursquare,” the company said in a blog post. “It’s been built with the help of our amazing 50,000,000-strong community, with all your tips, check-ins, photos, and the smarts we layered on top of that.”
Foursquare says its new app will be available “in a couple of weeks.” When it’s available in the App Store and Google Play, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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