For the past year, foursquare has moved farther and farther from their check-in service roots to become more of a local search app. That’s become my primary use for it, as it has for many people (including AllThingsD’s Lauren Goode).
Foursquare announced today that they’ve made it even easier to turn the app into your default local search service with the addition of a homescreen widget just for Explore. Once added, it skips everything else and takes users directly to the Explore tab.
If you want to add it to your phone, foursquare says:
The process for adding the shortcut is the same as adding any widget to your home screen: go to the widgets tab (in ‘all apps’) and long-press the ‘Explore’ icon (it looks like a green ball caught in a radar’s crosshairs!).
This is the first time we’ve seen a specific icon for Explore. I like that it’s related to the foursquare icon (thanks to the green ball), but spins away from it with the addition of the crosshairs.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of this as time goes on and Explore becomes foursquare’s primary use for a majority of users.
What do you think of the widget?