Foursquare just launched version 5.4 of their iPhone app. It brings the contextual venue screens that landed on Android last week and adds a simplified post check-in flow.
The information displayed on the contextual venue screen varies depending on whether you’re checked in to a venue or not. If you’re not, you’ll see relevant information like the address, map and phone number at the top. After you’ve checked in you’ll be taken back to the venue screen, now showing relevant information like tips at the top so you can determine what to order.
Both versions of the venue screen add huge swipable photos at the top of the screen so users can browse through them easily and get a feel for the place. The “people talk about” section makes it’s first appearance in the iOS version with this update, too.
The post-check-in flow is now simplified. Instead of a long list of information, you’ll find a single highlight. Many of these have been appearing as point messages recently, like how many times you’ve been to a venue or checked in with the same friend (that’s adorable!). Others could be badge alerts or recommended dishes from your friends.
Connected apps, one of Foursquare’s more useful recent additions, have been buried another click within the app. After each check-in, you’ll see a bar at the bottom of the screen indicating the number of points you earned and if you received any messages from apps. Tapping through takes you to the traditional post-check-in screen with all that information.
For many users, this will be a big change. A lot of the information you’re used to seeing has been pushed deeper, but the hope is that it makes the app more useful in the long run by showing you the most relevant information right when you need it.
What do you think of the change?