Check-in service Foursquare has developed a native tablet app, and surprise, surprise, it’s for Windows 8 tablets. And the Modern-style app was briefly shown during the second keynote at Microsoft’s Build 2013 conference, which is currently running in San Francisco.
For those unaware, while Foursquare has an app for most smartphone platforms (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and more), it doesn’t have one designed to take advantage of the larger screen found on tablets. Yes, the phone app runs fine on tablets, but it basically just scales it up. Earlier this month, Foursquare updated its Android app to make better use of screen real estate on Android tablets. There’s still no native Foursquare app for iPad users.
There’s no word on when the Foursquare app for Windows 8 will arrive, but we’ve heard whispers that it’d be ‘soon’.
Apps are clearly critical in determining the success of any OS (desktop or mobile), and Microsoft knows it. The Windows Store (which debuted alongside Windows 8) is nearing 100,000 apps this month, and more are coming to the platform. We also knew from this week's proceedings that official apps from Facebook and Flipboard are coming. And this week, apps from OpenTable (a restaurant reservation service), Rockmelt (a social networking browser), and Rhapsody (a music streaming service) have launched in the Windows Store.
Disney titles like Temple Run: Brave and Where’s My Mickey? can also be downloaded from the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store now; and Avengers Initiative, Monsters University, Temple Run: Oz, and Wreck It Ralph are coming to the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store this fall. Toy Story Smash It! is also coming to the Windows Store this fall.
For developers who want to get a head start on developing for the Xbox One, Developer & Platform Evangelism chief Steve Guggenheimer suggested during the keynote that you start building Windows 8 apps, since the Xbox One has a Windows core.