FourSquare has not officially announced this move yet. However, Dennis Crowley, FourSquare’s interim CEO has stated that FourSquare is looking to work closely with KDDI to offer better service to their Japanese users. According to Dennis:
As seen on Tokyo is the second most checked-in city around the world, Foursquare is getting popular in Japan. In such market, we are hoping to gain more recognition on our service by co-working with KDDI to provide easier access opportunities to customers, starting with providing a shortcut to the application. By these, Japanese customers will get new experiences and share this service with their friends.
KDDI is in the process of shipping Android based IS04, IS05 and IS06 handsets that will be manufactured by Toshiba, Sharp and Pantech respectively. What Dennis really meant when he said “starting with providing shortcut to the application” is that these new Android devices from KDDI will have default shortcuts to FourSquare service.
Such a default access to millions of KDDI subscribers means that FourSquare is about to explode in Japan.
KDDI Press Release. See a snapshot of the translation of KDDI’s press release below.