Foursquare has announced that it will no longer use Google Maps, and will switch to OpenStreetMap, according to the company’s blog.
With OpenStreetMap, Foursquare’s maps will look slightly different with new colors and buttons. OpenStreetMap is a crowd-sourced global atlas, kind of like Wikipedia, says Foursquare. The maps were designed by MapBox, a startup.
The decision to ditch Google Maps is mostly due to the rising price, but also Foursquare has noticed other companies who have recently switched to other mapping options.
Foursquare has not yet announced when it will officially make the switch to OpenStreetMap.
To read the announcement, visit http://blog.foursquare.com/2012/02/29/foursquare-is-joining-the-openstreetmap-movement-say-hi-to-pretty-new-maps/