Oct 22 AT 1:02 PM Anthony Domanico 2 Comments

SCVNGR gets a facelift, new features in 3.5 release

SCVNGR has announced a massive update to their Android application, including a UI-facelift as well as several new features. For those of you not familiar with SCVNGR, SCVNGR is a check-in-based game that challenges users to go places and complete mini-challenges to earn points. In the past few months, SCVNGR has partnered with retailers such as Journey’s, AT&T, and Gamestop to bring real-life rewards to users who rack up a certain number of points at their locations.

In the 3.5 version release, SCVNGR has conducted a massive UI-overhaul, completely reworking the main dashboard and sub-menus, as well as their activity stream to make things much easier on the eyes and easier to use. Additional features of the release include the following:

  • Dashboard Layout! Brand new layout makes SCVNGR faster and more convenient than ever.
  • Commenting and +1-ing! Have you ever been playing SCVNGR and noticed that your friend just checked-in to the neighborhood pub before noon for the third day in a row and you wanted to say something about it? Or that your other friend just snapped a pic at that new restaurant you’ve been hearing so much about and you wanted to let them know how great it is? Now you can comment on your friends’ activity in real-time! Or if a comment just isn’t enough, you can +1 (“plus one”) their activity and give them an extra point for doing something awesome, say… checking-in at the gym.
  • Real-world rewards just for playing! There are over 12,000 locations offering rewards on SCVNGR. This means that pretty much wherever you are, there’s someplace in town where you can get free ice cream, coffee or half off your meal just by playing SCVNGR! And now, you can find these places (and keep track of your rewards) more easily than ever.
  • The Social Map! Maps rock! Friends rock! Geology rocks! So what if you could put your friends on the map? That’d be cool. It’d be a like a neat social utility to help meet up with your pals wherever they are, and then do the social check-in, of course!
  • Activity Stream 2.0. We’ve completely retooled our activity stream to surface the most interesting content. Activity is grouped into visits, showing not just where your friends are, but what they’re up to at those places. Check-ins, pictures, badges, challenges,rewards and more — it’s all right in the stream.

I’m sure by now most of you know that SCVNGR is by far my favorite check-in-based application, and I happily recommend it to anyone who’ll listen. So to fulfill my role as “Broken Record Extraordinare,” I highly encourage you to give the newly-revamped SCVNGR application a try.

Note: SCVNGR requires Android 2.1+.

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Show Press Release

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) –  It’s hard to believe it was just 20 weeks ago that we launched SCVNGR into the consumer world so that anyone and everyone could play SCVNGR wherever they went. Here we are 500,000+ users later (in record time, but really who’s counting… aside from *everybody*) and what a ride it’s been!

So to celebrate our 163rd day, we’re launching brand new apps for iPhone & Android. The goal? To make SCVNGR the most fun, most social and most rewarding location-based app out there.

SCVNGR 3.5 is full of exciting new features and makes the ones you’re already familiar with easier to use, faster and better.

  • Dashboard Layout! Brand new layout makes SCVNGR faster and more convenient than ever.
  • Commenting and +1-ing! Have you ever been playing SCVNGR and noticed that your friend just checked-in to the neighborhood pub before noon for the third day in a row and you wanted to say something about it? Or that your other friend just snapped a pic at that new restaurant you’ve been hearing so much about and you wanted to let them know how great it is? Now you can comment on your friends’ activity in real-time! Or if a comment just isn’t enough, you can +1 (“plus one”) their activity and give them an extra point for doing something awesome, say… checking-in at the gym.
  • Real-world rewards just for playing! There are over 12,000 locations offering rewards on SCVNGR. This means that pretty much wherever you are, there’s someplace in town where you can get free ice cream, coffee or half off your meal just by playing SCVNGR! And now, you can find these places (and keep track of your rewards) more easily than ever.
  • The Social Map! Maps rock! Friends rock! Geology rocks! So what if you could put your friends on the map? That’d be cool. It’d be a like a neat social utility to help meet up with your pals wherever they are, and then do the social check-in, of course!
  • Activity Stream 2.0. We’ve completely retooled our activity stream to surface the most interesting content. Activity is grouped into visits, showing not just where your friends are, but what they’re up to at those places. Check-ins, pictures, badges, challenges,rewards and more — it’s all right in the stream.

We’re incredibly excited that you’ve been playing SCVNGR so much, and we’re hard at work to keep making SCVNGR the most fun, social and rewarding way to share where you are and what you’re up to with your friends.

So grab SCVNGR 3.5 for iPhone and Android!

Got questions or feedback? Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or getsatisfaction.com/scvngr. Happy playing!

About SCVNGR
SCVNGR is a game. Playing is simple: Go places. Have fun and share with your friends. Check-in, snap pics, do the social check-in or try a challenge! Everywhere you go, you’ll earn points and start unlocking real-world rewards at over 12,000 locations (think free ice cream!). SCVNGR makes it easy to share where you are and what you’re up to with your friends on SCVNGR, Facebook and Twitter. Start playing SCVNGR by downloading our free iPhone & Android app. SCVNGR is funded by Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners. Visit www.scvngr.com to learn more.

Anthony loves all things technology, from hardware to apps and games. You can connect with him via Google+ or Twitter by clicking one of the fancy doo-dads above.

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  • http://www.kevinbecker.net km3k

    I like the new interface. Looks a lot like the facebook app.

    Now I just need more people to use SCVNGR with me. :-(

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      That is most obviously the biggest problem with SCVNGR – lack of users. They just hit the 500,000 mark in 20 weeks, but that number is dwarfed by the number of people who use other services.