Gowalla and Foursquare are still in stiff competition concerning the location-based services that thousands of users continually use everyday. That competition has now moved to the iPad but Foursquare isn’t being so quick on the draw this time.
As of now, Foursquare does not have a native iPad app for those couple of million users to use. According to Dennis Crowley, Foursquare’s CEO: “We are still seeing explosive growth on iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices, so we are going to focus on those in the short-term.”
The alternative currently is to use the existing iPhone app on the iPad. This version does not support the higher resolution of the iPad but it will allow you to at least check-in. Gowalla released their native app a day before the 3G iPad hit and is a beautiful indication of how location based apps should look on the iPad.
The 3G iPad is much more mobile than the traditional WiFi model simply because it is not tied to a hotspot for access to the internet. While the iPad is significantly larger than a phone, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily not meant for check-in.
Foursquare’s CEO does not rule out the iPad however, stating: We want to see what the end uses for the iPad turn out to be.” Gowalla’s CEO on the other hand believes that the iPad will not be the primary way for users to share their location but rather a location discovery device where users can view photos and read opinions about places around them.
It’s certainly interesting to see how many of the social networks are responding to the iPad. Some, such as Gowalla are racing to be the first but on the other hand, we have Facebook and Foursquare who are not quite ready to jump the shark just yet.