Location based check-in application Foursquare has released a major update for its Android app. It now offers the users location-based recommendations via push notifications. The feature works even when the user has not checked-in. These new background notifications help users discover more when they check-in on their favorite place.
Foursquare explained how these would work and what would the additional battery drain:
When sitting down for dinner in a new restaurant, the app will suggest a popular dish on the menu. Likewise, when a user enters a new city for the first time, the app might recommend some of the best places to visit. From our internal tests on a bunch of phones, it only increases the drain about 0.7 percent per hour, or, over the course of a day, the equivalent of about a 20-minute game of Angry Birds.
Previously the applications suggested the tagged locations nearby to your place of check-in, but now it will keep working the background and will ping you whenever you are in the neighborhood of an interesting place. Foursquare aims to provide as much information about the whereabouts to the users as possible and keep them engaged in the application.
In related news, the previous rumors that Microsoft has approached Foursquare for an investment opportunity have been dismissed. According to the sources, Foursquare’s spokesperson Brendan Lewis has dismissed the reports.
Foursquare has over 4 billion check-ins and more than 32 million tips that have been shared globally via the service related to the places or services worth discovering. The update is being rolled out to the users gradually and you can download it from the Google Play Store as soon as it is available for your region. For the time being, it is being rolled out to the Android users only and will be coming to iPhone in the coming weeks.