Swarm launched a few weeks ago, and we’re so excited about the amazing response so far. You guys are loving plans, neighborhood sharing, and history search.
We’ve been listening to your feedback and we wanted to share some of what we’re hearing and answer some questions you may have.
What happens to Foursquare now that you can check in on Swarm? How will the future of Foursquare unfold over the next few months?
Both apps work seamlessly together. You can use Swarm to keep up and meet up with friends, and continue using Foursquare to discover great new places. Here’s a bonus for using both apps… your check-ins from Swarm will power the recommendations you see on Foursquare.
A little more info about the future of Foursquare: We believe local search is fundamentally broken. Too many people are using antiquated tools to find places to go and getting the same one-size-fits-all results regardless of their interests or places they’ve been before. We’re reimagining Foursquare to provide people with the a whole new local discovery experience. We can’t wait to get it in your hands later this summer!
How does neighborhood sharing impact battery life on my phone?
Swarm’s neighborhood sharing is powered by the same technology that sends you recommendations when you’re using Foursquare. We’ve put a lot of focus on making sure Swarm only uses about 0.7 percent per hour, or the equivalent to about a 20-minute game of Angry Birds over the course of a day. In addition, we automatically shut down when your battery dips below 30%.
Why does the location services arrow stay on after I close Swarm on iOS?
The location arrow icon (on iOS) in your device’s status bar does not mean we use your GPS. In fact, we don’t even turn on GPS to power neighborhood sharing. The arrow means that location services are available to be used by Swarm. Those services are powered by a number of signals and we’ve fine-tuned it to only take small sips on your battery, only when necessary.
Will connected apps like Untappd and JetLovers work with Swarm?
Absolutely! Swarm is powered by the same amazing Foursquare API that more than 60,000 developers use to power their apps. Apps like Untappd will continue to work the same way they always have with Swarm, you don’t need to make any changes, we’ve taken care of it for you.
What about accessibility for Swarm?
Foursquare has always been highly committed to creating apps that are accessible to everyone. Building a new app from scratch added in a number of complexities to some of the voiceover elements in Swarm. We’re hard at work on them now and we will have a release out very soon that addresses the outstanding voiceover elements.
We’re so excited about this release and all of the wonderful feedback we’ve gotten so far about Swarm and the future of Foursquare. Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us.