All your burning questions about foursquare Radar
We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about foursquare Radar, a new feature that let’s you know when you’re near venues or friends you might want to see. Some of you also had some questions – here are the answers to the most common ones:
How do I turn Radar on or off?
It’s really easy. There’s a Radar icon in the top-left corner of the ‘friends’ tab in the app. To turn Radar on or off, just tap that icon once.
What phones does this work on?
Right now, only the iPhone 4 and 4S running iOS 5. Radar uses a bunch of new iOS 5 features, some of which don’t work on older iPhones (like the 3GS). We’re working on building Radar for other platforms, like Android and BlackBerry.
Is Radar going to send me a ton of alerts, or just a few?
It totally depends on how you use foursquare. If you have a long To-Do List with all the places you’ve been meaning to try, or you’re following a lot of foursquare Lists, you might get a few alerts a day. We’ll be making sure not to bombard you with them, because nobody likes that. As we go forward, we’ll constantly fine tune things, so let us know if you think it’s too many or too few in the comments.
I want more Radar! Any advice for using this?
Of course! Here are a couple pro tips to get you started:
- Wandering around and seeing places you want to go to in the future? Open foursquare, find the venue in the ‘places nearby’ list, and then tap the big ‘+ SAVE’ button. Then next time you’re close to it, you’ll get a ping.
- Looking for good lists to follow? Tap over to the ‘Lists’ tab and choose from the Suggested Lists from your friends and the foursquare community. No matter where you are, Man v Food’s list is a great one to start with.
- Before traveling to a new city, find and follow a couple good lists for that city. (We suggest searching Google for “foursquare lists Chicago,” or whatever place you’re headed to.)
What about my battery life? Is this going to drain it?
Radar uses a very battery-friendly location-finding mode that is totally new to iOS 5, the same one Apple’s own Reminders app uses. Over months of daily testing on our own fleet of iPhones, it had minimal impact on battery life. If you do find it to be an issue, though, just tap the Radar button to toggle it on or off.
I love the new green ball icon, but I also loved the purple one. How should I feel?
To be honest, it was an emotional day for us when we made the decision. But, ultimately, this made our design feel a bit more consistent (purple doesn’t appear anywhere else in our app). So while we were a little sad to bid adieu to the old icon, after a couple of days with green we’d forgotten all about it. On to the next chapter!