Gowalla Version 3 now available for iPhone!

Gowalla version 3 in now available in the App Store. This is the most significant update Gowalla has released for iPhone. So what are some of the new features?

For starters there is a completely new interface. At fist, I found it a little confusing, but I can navigate OK now. Beyond the interface overhaul, the most exciting new feature has to be notes. You can leave notes for your friends at a location. So, the next time they check in at your favorite restaurant, they will be notified that a note was left for them.

The notes feature is cool, but I would have liked to have seen it taken a step further and have public notes. As it is, you can add a Highlight, one of Gowalla's newer features that was previously available on the Web.

Another new feature is the ability to link to FourSquare and Facebook for cross-posting. You can even see these checkins in the Gowalla app; sort of like a hub for location based checkins.

As many of you know, I am fan of Gowalla. I reviewed Gowalla for iPhone back in May, and I like what they have done in the new update, but there are a couple of things they have removed that leaves me scratching my head with wonder...

  • Removal of your item collection- you can add to it, but cannot view it any more... very strange
  • When you rotate Gowalla on iPhone, you no longer get the vicinity map

One final note, if you are using a jailbroken device with Winterboard, it won't work :-( However, Gowalla says they are working on a fix, so stay tuned!

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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RainerP says:

I've got to say, I've been using this for the past couple of days I really prefer it to foursquare. But like all location based networking, the lack of user base may kill it.

Ryan says:

Well I can see why public notes wouldn't be allowed, certainly the more 'immature' users could abuse that. But for now Friends Notes is great! It looks great and the incorporating of 4sq first must have the competition kicking themselves! Hopefully now it will move to the next level and be adopted by a much larger user base

MILE says:

Anyone else having problems adding new places with this version of the Gowalla iPhone app…?! Hasn't been working for me and several friends ever since we updated to 3.0 a few days ago…

MILE says:

Never mind, I just found this info on their Twitter feed:
"Working on a proper fix, but for now, press and hold the "Create Spot" button and it'll go through."

Thorasgar says:

After reading this post I still do not know what this app does. The author assumes this app must be as ubiquitous as Google. WTF is this app for? A brief synopsis would be very helpful.