Mobile phone manufacturer INQ Mobile has announced it has teamed up with location based social networking site Foursquare, by including its application on their own latest budget mobile phones.
INQ is bundling the Foursquare app on their handsets such as the Cloud Touch, to offer up deep home screen integration on their handsets.
Foursquare is a location-based social networking service, which runs from an app on a mobile phone that allows for users with GPS-enabled mobile devices to ‘check-in’ at venues with each check-in awarding user points and sometimes ‘badges’.
The service reportedly has 8 million registered users and runs a similar feature set to Facebook Places, only without those rewards on offer.
The Cloud Touch is INQ’s first ever touch screen mobile, which arrives with a 3.5-inch HGVA display, a 600Mhz processor, with a 5 megapixel camera and runs from the Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 OS - where Gingerbread could be run on the handset, at a later date.
The new integration uses the foursquare API to recommend nearby places to eat, drink and shop based on your location and past check-ins, along with seeing check-ins from friends and other members of the foursquare community.
Facebook has also been touted as key to the handset, with more thorough integration with FB than ever seen before in a handset with a close collaboration with company – where the choice of the Foursquare app is an unusual one, as Facebook already has a rival service in places.
Originally published at OneMobileRing.com