Based on Foursquare’s estimations, the iPad will no longer stand alone in the tablet race. Foursquare finally created a tablet app, but has curiously designed it exclusively for Sony’s new Tablet S and P.
The strange part is, in May, Foursquare head of product Alex Rainert said Foursquare did not have the resources to develop an iPad app and would continue to devote its resources to enhancing the iPhone app experience instead. So why would Foursquare commit resources to a new tablet, instead of the market leader?
UPDATE: Dens replied on Twitter to let us know what went down. This app wasn’t built in-house by foursquare, but by Sony, using the foursquare API and their blessing. So foursquare is more a collaborator than a creator here.
Although Foursquare apps do exist for the Blackberry Playbook and HP Touchpad, they were built by third party developers.
The Sony Tablet S and P will come preloaded with a version of the Android app that is designed exclusively for tablet format. The tablet version of the app will likely differ from its smart phone predecessor in that it will focus more on the game’s “explore” function than checking in.
In the realm of pure speculation, it is not unusual for hardware or OS makers trying to woo developers to their platform to subsidize the cost of building an app. Microsoft astroturfed the app environment for their Windows 7 phones, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony is doing the same for their tablet.
We have reached out to Foursquare for comment and will update with any reply.