Check-in service Foursquare has released an important update of its iOS app
, v6.4. In keeping with a recent Android update, the app now supports automatic recommendations. The feature operates in the background, regularly scanning location to provide suggestions for nearby venues like coffeeshops and restaurants. It also coalesces comment keywords to give hints about what people buy at a given place.
Foursquare promises that the app won't constantly ping users with recommendations; instead they're based on what friends like, and served only in instances like visiting a new neighborhood or a new shop where friends have left tips. The feature is only available to a few thousand iPhone users at the moment, but will get broader availability in coming weeks.
Other improvements include a less cluttered list of friend check-ins, displaying only the most recent ones for each person. Continuing the theme, an added Nearby button highlights any friends in a user's vicinity.