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Gowalla 3.0 unifies check-ins across FourSquare, Facebook and Twitter

Gowalla has just taken a giant leap forward to become the only location-based check-in app you'll ever need, by unifying four networks into one. Check-in services are all the rage, from media-based apps like GetGlue to the location-based services such as FourSquare, and love it or hate it, checking-in has become an integral part of some people's social experiences. The problem up until now with...

Facebook Places is Facebook's foray into the location arena

The launch of Facebook Places marks Facebook's long-awaited entry into the location-based social networking game. Far from destroying Foursquare and Gowalla, though, Facebook actually got those companies, along with Yelp and MyTown, on board with its Places API. Check-ins should eventually flow both ways, making it as easy as possible to tell Facebook -- I mean, uh, your friends -- where you are....

Check.in: finally, a unified check-in for Foursquare, Gowalla and Brightkite

We've been writing an awful lot about the location wars on Download Squad lately. Gowalla, Foursquare, and the rest are exploding in popularity, and that means trendy, early-adopter types might have several different sites to check in with every time they go somewhere. Reporting your location to multiple sites is a usability nightmare, but it has a solution: unified check-in! A service called...

Location Battle, Round 2: Foursquare and Gowalla both update iPhone apps!

In this corner, with a big head start, a huge userbase, and tons of features, it's ... Foursquare! In this corner, with millions of dollars in funding and a great-looking new design ... Gowalla! By now, most people know that Gowalla and Foursquare have been going blow-for-blow in the location-based social gaming fight. Despite entries from Google, Yelp, and (soon) Facebook, these two...

Gowalla hits webOS with a slick new client

We covered location-based game Foursquare's webOS client earlier in the year, noting that competitor Gowalla had a client for the Palm Pre and Pixi 'in the works' - and today, just in time for SXSW, the Gowalla webOS client has appeared in the App Store. As with all things Gowalla, the client is slickly designed, and includes all the bells and whistles found in the Gowalla iPhone app from Checking...

Gowalla 1.0 hits the Android Market

We recently covered the beta version of Gowalla's location-based social app for Android, and now it's hit version 1.0. You can download Gowalla from the Android Market starting today. Gowalla's main competitor, Foursquare, has already been on Android for some time. If you're familiar with the Gowalla iPhone app, the Android version won't disappoint. It has practically all of the features of the...

Gowalla's Android app is in beta, uses Skyhook for accurate geolocation

A big part of getting a location-based app right is -- shocker! -- providing an accurate location. Gowalla is using that principle to get a leg up in its battle with Foursquare for location-based check-in supremacy. Gowalla now uses Skyhook in its Android app, which means it's providing some of the best location data around. The Android app is currently in beta, although it's not highly...

Gowalla launches an API, awaits creative developers

By now, everyone knows that Foursquare and Gowalla are locked in a battle to become the number one location-based check-in game, with Yelp and (maybe) Facebook threatening to upset the balance. Well, Gowalla just leveled the playing field with Foursquare a little bit by introducing the first public version of the Gowalla API. That means developers can now build cool apps on top of Gowalla's data,...

Look out, Foursquare! Gowalla adds trips and bookmarks

Software is a lot more fun when there's a little drama involved, which is why I'm thoroughly enjoying the rivalry between location-based social gaming apps Foursquare and Gowalla. In the beginning, there was no clear reason to choose one over the other, but their featuresets have started to diverge in an interesting way: while Foursquare courts local businesses and works to get discounts for...

Yelp iPhone app gets Foursquare-style check-ins

Foursquare and Gowalla have been locked in a battle over the emerging market for location-based social networking, but wait ... here comes a new challenger! Actually, it's an old, familiar challenger: Yelp. Yelp has gained a massive base of users and venues as one of the biggest user-submitter review sites on the web. It only makes sense to build check-ins and a leaderboard on top of that, so...

Foursquare steps outside city walls, allows check-ins anywhere

Since the launch of Foursquare, playing the location-based checkin game depended on being in one of the officially-supported cities. Some large cities in the U.S. and elsewhere are still waiting to be added to the list. Well, the wait is (nearly) over, even if you live in some remote nether-region. Foursquare will soon span the globe, so you'll be able to check in anywhere you go. Heck, even...

Location-game showdown: Gowalla vs Foursquare

Whilst the iPhone wasn't the first phone with GPS, the arrival of Apple's handset - and its GPS-toting second iteration - has driven demand for location-based services quicker than any other device. Even the desktop OSes are seeing location services included: both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 contain location-awareness APIs for developers to use. Out of this location-service boon, there's...