Nokia’s Symbian OS is little known here in the states, where iPhone, Android and Blackberry dominate the mobile phone space. Worldwide, however, it owns 40% of the cell phone market, with an installed user-base dwarfing all the other operating systems. At the Nokia World conference two weeks ago it was announced foursquare would be coming soon to Nokia phones and today that app is available, unlocking a huge potential source of worldwide users for foursquare.
This is a big move for foursquare, as it opens foursquare to a whole new user-base that previously had little access to foursquare. Nokia’s OVI store only offered two apps for foursquare. One, FourÂ²Widget, had received a host of one-star ratings and complaints it didn’t work; the other, Gravity, was a Twitter client with foursquare features bolted on. Millions of Nokia owners now have access to a native foursquare app that works well, which foursquare hopes will translate to new users.
The app was built by a third-party Symbian developer with foursquare’s blessing, so it shares many of the common traits of foursquare’s apps for Android and Blackberry. It does not include the features released last week in version 2.0 for iPhones.
Mark Guim of the Nokia Blog put together a video of the app running on Nokia’s new N8 phone during Nokia World. In the video you can see all the typical foursquare features like checkins, details, searching for venues, viewing friends and flagging duplicate or incorrect venues.
This should translate to lots of new users for foursquare in a market that was desperate for official support. What do you think of the new app?
/Screenshot courtesy of zomgitscj.com.