Foursquare is a very happy companion to smartphones, providing users with a means of checking into places they visit. It’s all good fun — and there are often deal to be unlocked at key locations — but it’s all fairly solitary. This is what Swarm, Foursquare’s latest app, aims to change. It has been designed to make it easier to meet up with friends and find out who in the area.
A few days ago we learned that the new app would be making its way to Windows Phone in the near future, but this was just a side note on Twitter. Now things have been made somewhat more official, with the Foursquare blog promising that developers “will have it for you as soon as possible (in the next few weeks)”.
If you’re wondering what the app is going to look like, just cast your eyes to the top of this post. Rather than the blue hues that have been long-associated with Foursquare (it’s been five years now… can you believe it?) things are rather brighter thanks to the use of a vibrant orange.
Emails have been sent out to Foursquare users notifying them of the upcoming Swarm app, as well as a change to the main app’s logo. The email explains that existing Foursquare check-ins will be automatically migrated to Swarm. There’s no release date set yet, but you can get an idea of what to expect by taking a look at the Android and iOS version of the app.