BarrioSquare, a FourSquare application for the Nokia N900, left private testing on Monday and is now available at the N900′s App Manager. You may have to enable the Extras-Devel repository. This is great news because now more Nokia N900 users can start using this app. Watch my quick overview of the app.
I like this application on the Nokia N900 because it helps me find the places nearby to check-in, instead of manually looking for them through the mobile Foursquare website. My only complaint so far about BarrioSquare is that lists sometimes scroll too fast. A workaround is to drag your finger diagonally instead of up and and down.
Update: Chris, the guy behind Barriosquare, answered some questions I sent him shortly after the release.
What triggered the decision to finally put BarrioSquare in the Maemo repository?
I figure it was better to get the app out to the general public sooner, rather than later, and given the entire uncertainty of ovi store publishing (dependency issues with python-qt4) I figure might as well just get it out there now that it is in a fully functional state.
Any features to look out for in upcoming releases?
- Ability to search for friends
- Ability to see nearby tips
- Ability to get a “popup” alert whenever friends check into a venue nearby
- Venue (and nearby) specials
What other apps do u have planned for Maemo?
- Google Maps type app using Google Maps flash API, PyQt-Webkit
- Maybe a gowalla app?
- Also building a reusable UI toolkit library to speed up application development