Back in May 2014, Foursquare decided to split its app into two by introducing the Swarm app iOS and Android, as well as Windows Phone. Unfortunately, no Swarm app made its way to the BlackBerry platform. We could still check-in with the native Foursquare anyway.
However, Swarm and Foursquare serve different purposes. Foursquare is your regular check-in app, whereas Swarm is more of a way to gather people for a meet up. It ties in with your Foursquare contacts but presents those nearby you first, wherever you may be. There's also ways to collect stickers, as you did in the early days of Foursquare.
Since no native Swarm app came to BlackBerry 10, the developer community came in to fill the void. And so we have a third party client in the form of Swirl. This app had a brief run in open beta via the CrackBerry forums and has now made its way to BlackBerry World.
- Log in with your Foursquare ID
- Check into venues around you
- See where your friends are in relation to your position
- See recent check in of your friends
- View user and venue profiles
- Get in contact with your friends via all registered channels
Swirl is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it has an introductory price of $0.99. Also, it does seem to be for BlackBerry OS 10.3 only.
I'm a big Foursquare user but never really looked into Swarm or even tried the Android port. I'll be giving it a run and see how it performs. Check back in a few days for a full review. I'll compare it to the Android port as well.