The popular Foursquare service announced on Thursday (Mar 1st) that they will no longer be using Google Maps API for their user mapping services, moving now to OpenStreetMap data-based MapBox Streets for Foursquare.com.
Foursquare said the switch is due to a greater flexibility and support for other startups which OpenStreetMap offers. Although the change was already noted on the website, the apps of Foursquare are still showing Google Maps results when it comes to user's "check-in."
The decision of leaving Google Maps API was a tough one for Foursquare, as they had to find a service as good to keep on offering their users the same quality service, they reported.
Recently, Foursquare added NFC support to their Android 4.0 app and they also released an app for PS Vita. Foursquare is on a roll and the changes should not play a role on diminishing the popularity of the service.