While it’s not getting the buzz that it once did, Foursquare is still growing like a weed and doing some innovative things. The latest example is the company making its Android app compatible with NFC in Ice Cream Sandwich and having the check-in service play nice with Android Beam.
Phonescoop points out that the updated Foursquare Android app will tie into the Android Beam service by letting you share the places you’ve visiting by tapping your phone with another NFC-enabled Android device. This also includes NFC support for Venue, Lists and Me pages.
This appears to be one of the first high-profile apps to tap into the Android Beam functionality and I hope it’s not the last. Sure, only 1 percent of Android users have ICS and the Android Beam capability but you’d hope that this will soon be the baseline for Android and there could be a lot of interesting use cases for this technology once you let app developers hook into it.
As for Foursquare, it’s good to see it pushing innovation on multiple platforms. I’m actually finding it to grow more and more useful as it gets older. We’ve finally created a Foursquare account for IntoMobile – you can follow us here – so be on the lookout for our check-ins from Mobile World Congress, CTIA and more.
You can download the latest version of Foursquare for Android here.
For more information on Android Beam, check out our demonstration video: