Foursquare pushed an update to their Android app this afternoon that — for the first time in an official app* — makes use of all the real estate available on tablet screens.
On both the home screen and Explore results screens, tablet users now see the standard results listed on the left side, while a map appears on the right. It’s very much like Foursquare’s desktop version of Explore. Previously tablet users saw a wider and taller version of the same app found on Android phones.
While tablet support is currently only available on Android, it could be a good sign for iPad users, who’ve been asking for a true tablet version of Foursquare almost since the launch of the original iPad. It’s unlikely Foursquare’s Android developers undertook this task on their own without input from the design team. Foursquare usually works hard to avoid duplicating effort across the platforms, so it’s a sign they may be working on an iPad version as well. As they did with Foursquare 6.0, it’s possible they’re testing the tablet design on Android before bringing it to the iOS app.
Foursquare’s early versions were focused on checking in — a task that’s hardly improved with tablet support. But with Foursquare’s focus now squarely on discovery, a tablet app makes much more sense. Exploring nearby venues — or ones in faraway places — lends itself to the tablet format, where users can see both the listings and the map at the same time.
What do you think of the new tablet views in Foursquare for Android? Would you use like to see a native Foursquare app come to the iPad?
/Thanks to superuser James Taylor for the screenshots!
*At one time, Foursquare offered an app that supported just the Sony Tablet S. While it was an “official” app, it was built by a third party and was already outdated the day it launched since it didn’t offer Explore, a feature Foursquare added to their other apps five months earlier.