Before Facebook started offering its own 'check-in' feature, there was Gowalla and Foursquare, both of which are still widely used. The Gowalla app for Android received an update today to version 4.0 which brings "a brand new version of Gowalla! Tons of new features including Guides, Stories, and Lists, and more. [sic]" to the table. No, really. That was directly from the changelog in the Market listing. The only entry in said changelog, to be exact.

Apparently by "and more," they mean Force Closes, missing features, and removal of everything that made people love Gowalla in the first place.

Of all of the comments and ratings in the Market listing since the update went live this morning, nearly all of them are 1-star ratings with some sort of comment referring to the above mentioned changes. Point in case:

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That's the general consensus throughout the comments. The words useless, not enough testing, and force close appear several times throughout.

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Ouch. Looks like you really dropped the ball on this one, Gowalla.

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://evansims.com Evan Sims

    I'm surprised by the negativity. I'd felt Gowalla had become pretty stagnant and was long overdue for a pivot. I've been using the new app today without any issues and really like the changes.

    • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

      Perhaps that's the reason for all the negative comments? The people that are the first to update and comment are also the people that loved the app as it was.

      Give it a week or two and perhapps you'll se alot more positive comments from people like yourself that wasn't completely happy with Gowalla as it was.

      You can't please everyone and a big change like this always get's screams from the people that doesn't like change :P

      Me, I'd love if they just took the old Gowalla whith everything that made it special and merged it with Foursquare. Then kept the best parts from both so that everyone that actually enjoys showing where they'd been can be sure to have all friends in the same app...

      • Sora

        The problem for me is "the old Gowalla whith everything that made it special", they did not keep everything that made it special. The pins, the items were what made it special for a lot of people. They are all gone. Also the UI is highly not intuitive for users who has been using for 2 years. I welcome changes, but doing something so dramatic different from what they were doing before is making people ask "why fix something when it's doing well". All the new features can be added on what was there before and made it better.

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  • http://www.Noodle.mx/?utm_source=androidpolice.com&utm_medium=Blog_comment&utm_campaign=Comments Daniel J. Lewis

    Gowalla had once said that they wanted to rethink the app and get away from being all about location checkins.

    • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

      YEah, Read about that in an intervjue from 2010.

  • http://yahoo.com booger

    wikipedia says sic is used to indicates the passage appears exactly as in the original source.
    I get irritated when people use sic incorrectly and or gratuitously. Same with nuff said, be that as it may, and at best. I dont think it makes you sound smarter.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      What's your point exactly? It's used correctly here.