Feb 21 AT 8:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Gowalla beta for Android now available

Update: A newer version of the beta is now available.

We knew a Gowalla beta for Android was coming this month and the company quietly released one last week. I’ve been following their blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts watching for an announcement, but the the Co-founder Josh Williams shared the news on the company’s Get Satisfaction page.

“While this is not a final release of Gowalla for Android, I’d like to share the first public beta with you personally. Technically, we are calling this beta release 0.1. We will release a more fully featured beta to the Marketplace before the end of the month. Until then, get started here. We’re excited to have you go out with Gowalla on Android.”Josh WilliamsCo-founder Gowalla

Josh also notes that there are a couple caveats to this release including:

  • Gowalla Trips and Items are not supported in this release
  • We are not doing any image caching yet, so images will load slow

I’ve been playing with the beta for a couple of days and I can say it easily surpasses the Foursquare Android app. Techcrunch also notes this early beta is already better than its iPhone counterpart.

The beta version of Gowalla is not ready for the Android Market yet, but you can download it by scanning the QR code below or just click it on your Android phone.

For the latest updates on the Gowalla beta, be sure to follow their Get Satisfaction page.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Get Satisfaction

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  • http://natts.com Dave Nattriss

    How does it surpass the FourSquare Android app, sorry? The Gowalla Android app doesn’t let you create ‘spots’ (but you can add venues with FourSquare), and you can’t check in to places unless you are very close to them, which relies on having very accurate location data (whereas FourSquare is more generous with this).

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Gowalla lets you create places with their mobile site and the feature will be available in a future version of the Android app.

      • http://natts.com Dave Nattriss

        So how does it ‘surpass’ the FourSquare app, then (as you wrote in the post)? You can add venues on the FourSquare app right now, and so I don’t understand what makes the Gowalla app better?

        • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

          It’s only personal opinion but I prefer Gowalla to Foursquare. I actually gave up on Foursquare and moved to Gowalla exclusively while it was still just a webapp. The native app is taking even further steps in the right direction and I’m excited to see what Gowalla does next.

          It this point I think Foursquare may have a slightly more interesting ‘game’ (with the mayor battles, constant badges, etc) but I think Gowalla has the better foundation (company, style, quality, etc).

    • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

      FourSquare is so lame. It lets you check in at least 2 miles away! And on top of that, you can check in to 3 places in a matter of seconds, even though the places are miles apart.

      If it’s not accurate and realistic, it’s super lame.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jcrabapple Jason

    This app is great! I was using the mobile web app but this app makes things much easier. The only problem I have is that I think it turns on my wifi without asking me.

  • http://www.siriusapplications.com/ Isaac Waller

    Great icon!

    • http://Website TonyG

      indeed it is, but why is it a Kangaroo?
      shouldn’t it be a koala since it sounds more like the name?
      but it still looks great.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        It’s not a kangaroo, its a wallaby.

  • http://Website Gilbert Orbea

    I don’t really get what this app is for. I have it on my Droid just in case I ever do figure out what use it has, but for now it’s worthless.

  • http://Website Andrew

    Just me, is it the barcode image invalid??

  • http://Website JeriHatTrick

    Pretty poorly written article. What the hell is Gowalla?! Did you even mention that?

    • Vineares

      It was written assuming you know what foursquare and gowalla are already. If you’re on this site and don’t know already…you’re completely out of the know on the internet.

      • http://Website Gunderstorm

        The way this read, I thought it was a Foursquare replacement app. And then there’s no barcode. Yeah, that’s a poorly written article.

        • William

          It’s a service similar to Foursquare so yes, it can be a replacement for it, just depends on your personal preferences. As to barcode, they state in the article that its not available in the market. Click to Gowalla’s page and download it from there rather than having to have everything spoon fed to you.

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    Found the QR code here. Just scroll down.


    I can already tell it’s better than foursquare. I can’t check-in to any place from my house. Stupid foursquare let’s me check-in to 3 places, each over a mile from my house, and each at least a half-mile from each other, all in a matter of seconds.

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  • http://Website Steve In Tulsa

    Funny, the article doesn’t mention what the app is or what is does. Anybody have any clue at all what Go Wallow is or does?