Listen up, love birds. To help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in tech style, we found apps to rev up your relationship. We can see sparks are already flying.
Avocado: a social network for two
Here are some fun facts about avocados: They grow in pairs. Likewise, their trees produce fruit when grown near each other. Taking inspiration from the chummy nature of avocados, the eponymous app is a cute tool for couples to communicate privately with each other. Think of it as a social network for two.
The idea is to build a relationship archive as you scroll through the app and stroll down memory lane. Here’s a sampling of what you can do with Avocado:
— Send cute messages. Type your own or choose pre-crafted quick notes such as “Miss you. xox” or “Need anything before I head home?”
— Share photos with each other or to the Twitterverse.
— Manage dates and other events in a shared calendar.
— Create shared lists, such as tasks, groceries or vacation spot ideas.
Perhaps the cutest feature of all is the ability to send hugs and kisses. The app vibrates when you place the phone against your chest or when you kiss (or tap on) a picture of your special somebody. CEO Chris Wetherell tells me that by Valentine’s Day, we can expect to see more features, including read receipts, stickers, sketching capabilities and location sharing.
Avocado is available as a free app for iOS and Android (there’s also a Web version), but it comes with certain restrictions, such as quotas on photo uploads. A premium version, Avocado Unlimited, is available as a $19.99 yearly subscription per couple.
Similar to Avocado, Couple (previously named Pair) is an app to help twosomes stay in touch. Built by TenthBit, the free app for iOS and Android lets you send photos and messages — in text, audio and videos — to each other, providing a multimedia-rich back-and-forth experience. Like iMessage and Blackberry Messenger, there are also read receipts so you know whether your notes have been seen.
But beyond that, this app packs in a host of sweetness and fun to keep couples engaged. A cute feature called Thumbkiss is an interactive game to show affection. When the participants touch the screen, they see a thumbprint on the display. A thumbkiss is achieved when the two coordinate their thumbprints to touch for one second, which turns the screen red and buzzes the phones.
With a sketch pad, you can also send homemade doodles to each other. The Live Sketch feature lets couples draw concurrently in real time. They can also share to-do lists and maps of their locations to easily coordinate meeting up. And for times when you don’t have much to say but are just thinking of your sweetheart, there’s a button that lets your significant other know he or she is on your mind.
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