Apple Maps Now Using 'Business Listings' Data From Foursquare

maps_icon_ios_7As of October, Foursquare has become one of the companies that contribute data to Apple's Maps app, providing information on "Business listings data." This likely includes details on restaurants, retail stores, and other venues, given Foursquare's focus on unearthing the "best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit in any city in the world.

Rumors about a data sharing deal between Foursquare and Apple first surfaced in 2012, but Apple Maps Marketing, a site that keeps an eye on Apple's Maps partners, notes that Foursquare was not added as a partner until October 22.

For those unfamiliar with Foursquare, it's essentially a Yelp competitor that helps people find nearby venues. Several years ago, Foursquare was popular as it had a built-in check-in feature that let people share the places they'd visited, but Foursquare has always had trouble securing revenue.

In 2014, Foursquare split its app into Foursquare, for local listings, and Swarm, its check-in app, which ended up being an unpopular decision. Since then, Foursquare has struggled to find its niche among competitors, so this data sharing deal with Apple could be a huge boon for the company.

Top Rated Comments

ButteryScrollin Avatar
88 months ago
Google Maps. Need I say more?
Ads + Tracking, no thanks.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GavinSharp Avatar
88 months ago
Google Maps. Need I say more?
If your intent is to communicate something meaningful, yes.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xavier Avatar
88 months ago
Always great to see Apple Maps become more and more useful!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
duffman9000 Avatar
88 months ago
Please do say more. Because for me Google Maps does not work. It does not integrate with any of my Apple products. I cannot click on an address in mail or safari and get it to launch google maps. so why Google Maps. I makes no sense unless I have an Android device, which itself would make no sense. :D
Blame Apple for the lack of integration. Apple does not allow users to choose default apps.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2457282 Avatar
88 months ago
Google Maps. Need I say more?
Please do say more. Because for me Google Maps does not work. It does not integrate with any of my Apple products. I cannot click on an address in mail or safari and get it to launch google maps. so why Google Maps. It makes no sense unless I have an Android device, which itself would make no sense. :D
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jakexb Avatar
88 months ago
OH HECK YES. Foursquare data in a million times more accurate than Yelp. Plus, Yelp is a sleazy company.

So very happy to see this.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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