For the past several months, foursquare’s Android app has been plagued by problems related to GPS. Users have complained in the Google Play store, on Twitter, and in our comments that the app registers them in the wrong location, often leading to “you’re too far away” messages for users standing right inside a venue. Foursquare released an update last night that seems like it’s trying to prove they’re locating you properly, but users continue to report it has the same problems as before.
The latest update offers an “updated check in flow” and “a map at the top of the screen shows the location reported by the device.” The map — similar to the one shown in Simple Check-in — simply shows where foursquare thinks you’re located right above the list of venues.
Users continue to report problems with the app, however, especially its GPS performance. One reviewer on the Google Play store says of the most recent version:
I traveled from LA to San Diego. When I arrived, I checked in to San Diego & received “NO points” because I was too far away to check in. Allthwhile attaching a pic of the Downtown San Diego skyline. Remember when all you had to do was tap the Explore button and you’d get a list of everything near you? I miss the ease of use this app used to have. Refresh is a button with no function whatsoever. The only way to reset the location is to uninstall the app and reinstall it. BE SURE to get the spelling right! You could be standing inside the venue & if you spell it wrong, search will return that it’s not nearby or does not exist. If they could re-integrate GPS into this app, that would be AWESOME. Please bring that feature back! NEGATIVE 5 Stars! …
This mirrors complaints we’ve seen for the past few months. I don’t own an Android phone, but I’ve witnessed the issue on friends’ phones. It’s a real problem, but continues to go unaddressed by foursquare.
Other users dislike the new version for other reasons:[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/ack154/statuses/198018656200962050"]
It appears foursquare is in need of a major overhaul to their Android app. Judging by the number of negative reviews, I can’t imagine many new Android users are sticking around for long.
Have you experienced the GPS issues? Does this update fix them on your phone?
/Thanks to @jst1986 for the screenshot above and to everyone else who sent one in!