28 June 2011
I’m enjoying a small summer vacation down in Florida and have had a few quiet evenings to finally roll out some majorly awesome updates to 4th & Mayor. This addresses a ton of feedback I’ve gotten from people over the last several months of app use, and aligns with the latest version of the foursquare app for other key platforms. The app update was approved this afternoon and should now be finding its way onto your phone if you’re an existing user!
Quick to check-in, you can add venues, enjoy social features even better, and packed with UX improvements, this is good stuff.
Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the app – I’ve even had an NFL quarterback Tweet about his love for the app recently!
Last week, Foursquare updated their iPhone app with a great new version, and this major new release of 4th & Mayor, v2, includes several of those changes, as well as other improvements that have been needed for some time. You can read about those new versions here.
Did you know that Foursquare now has over 10 million users? Good for them!
Some changes you will now see with the release of my 2nd major version of 4th and Mayor:
Big performance improvements; the instant you touch the display, there will be a reaction; no longer is the delay that many people were seeing with the original series of the app.
It is now faster than ever to check-in to a place.
The nearby places list now shows a lot more places than before, loads quickly, and it will update as you walk around – the location should be more accurate now. Also, there’s an “add venue” button, “search”, and refresh, all at the top.
To check-in to a temporary place (“venueless”) without adding it to the 4sq database,
Note that ‘Quick Sign-In’ now respects your preferences for notifying Twitter and/or Facebook about your check-in’s – this is a new change from the v1 series.
Check-in photos (as many as you want) can be added to your own check-in’s. Note that your friends can see these, and when they go to the same place and look at “photos”, they’ll see any check-in photos you may have posted there.
Also, v2.1 (in progress) adds a more robust photo-upload feature, so it will get even better very soon.
More care was given to add more fun social features.
You can now add new venues to Foursquare! Just use the “Add” button at the top of the “nearby places” page, or search for a place, and when you don’t find it, add it! You can also check-in to places without adding them to the foursquare database (such as, “Chris and Katherine’s Wedding”).
Updates should roll out onto the Windows Phone Marketplace sometime today, 6/28, and it will be a nice, quick, seamless transition. Let me know if you run into any problems – @jeffwilcox or @4thandmayor on Twitter.
On the Windows Phone Marketplace
There’s also an incremental update, v2.1, that addresses a few small visual glitches and improves photo upload robustness, I hope that’ll turn around quickly. Thanks for using my app!
Jeff Wilcox is a Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO), helping Microsoft engineers use, contribute to and release open source at scale.