Foursquare Explore for iPhone and Android Update Adds 'Filters & Improved Search'

Foursquare Explore for iPhone and Android update bringing in over a bunch of the great features like changing your location, filtering your recommendations, and photos in your search results!Smarter searching"Every time you search with Explore, you will now see results based on the time of day, places your friends have been or left tips, places […]

Foursquare Explore for iPhone and Android update bringing in over a bunch of the great features like changing your location, filtering your recommendations, and photos in your search results!

Smarter searching
"Every time you search with Explore, you will now see results based on the time of day, places your friends have been or left tips, places on lists you follow, and places based on the 1,500,000,000 check-ins on foursquare," informs foursquare.

Startding today, just "tap the top right filter button (bottom right on Android), to narrow your results by places you and your friends have been. Try selecting 'New to me' and 'My friends have been' to catch up on what you've been missing out on! With every suggestion, we show you which of your friends have tried that place, so it's easy to get suggestions and see what's popular," the compnay explains.

Explore Search on Foursquare iPhone and Android Mobile App

Recommendations for anywhere
You can now drag your map around, or enter a neighborhood, city or address to get recommendations for anywhere you want. Try pinching in or out, or double tapping to zoom quickly. It's easy to focus in on where you want to go.

Pick Recommendations for anywhere on your iPhone and Android

Also, Menus and pricing information are now avilable on Android and iPhone!

BlackBerry updates coming soon!

So… your homework assignment: pull out your phone and find some fun places to go! -- go get the your iPhone and Android updates now.

Update 02/10: On Foursquare for Android, company has added NFC support, and is called "Android Beam." The touch-to-share functionality lets NFC-enabled Android phones share information between each other, including contacts, web pages, and videos, for example. Any Android developer can also use the NFC APIs provided by the mobile operating system to add specialized NFC actions to their own apps.

With the Foursquare update, Android 4.0 users with NFC phones can now share their lists and the venues they’ve visited with a friend just by tapping phones. Users can now tap phones to initiate friend requests or tap their phone against an NFC tag or poster to check in.

In an Untether.tv interview with Holger Luedorf, VP of Mobile and International at Foursquare, talked about why Foursquare added NFC to its app.

"The good news is the technology is already there," he said. Adding, "going forward, some of the other platforms will be NFC-enabled," he said.

Luedorf also said, "The user experience is great. You just hold your phone against the tap [point]. The checkin screen automatically pops up with the right venue. You’re basically shaving very valuable seconds off the checkin process."

"We try to leverage the native experiences and APIs that are available through the platform as those usually drive the best user experience," he continued. "We’re trying to leverage this because we feel that pinpointing someone down to a location through an NFC chip definitely has some value."