Spring is on its way, the flowers are blooming, and those cold winter nights are coming to an end. It’s the time of year when most of us are looking for a little summer fun, and what better way to kick things off than by downloading some dating apps? If you’re thinking 2012 is going to be your Summer of Love, but you’re wondering whether you might need a little help from your smartphone, then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the best dating apps to help you sort the wheat from the chaff while enjoying your new HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3 this summer.
eHarmony is one of the world’s most popular dating sites, and now you can get matches and messages straight to your phone. It’s available on pretty much everything, and all you need to do is make sure you register and complete the Relationship Questionnaire online first. Stats show that eHarmony members use their mobile apps over 10,000 times a day, so it’s proving popular with current users as well as new subscribers. If you fancy getting yourself some summer totty, eHarmony might not be a bad place to start.
Extending from the world’s largest online speed dating site, the SpeedDate app is a location-based search of 17 million members, meaning that wherever you live you’re likely to have a good few matches nearby. The SpeedDate app lets users chat live with others living nearby, so if you’re waiting for a bus and want to spend a couple of minutes searching for your soulmate, SpeedDate is just what you need.
The OKCupid app fuses a Twitter-ish updates feature with a location database, so users can broadcast their plans for nearby singles to consider. It’s a good app for spontaneous daters who might suddenly feel like having a drinking or two in the company of a perfect stranger – and who knows, maybe this app will help you find your perfect companion.
Pair isn’t technically a dating app – it’s actually for those of you who already have a beau, and want to get a little closer – but it was too cute not to include in this list. If you’re suffering from long distance relationship woes, just download Pair (and get your other half to do the same), and you can share timelines, messages and locations to feel a little more in touch when you’re at opposite sides of the country. There’s even a ‘thumb kiss’ feature which makes the phone vibrate when you both touch the same spot of the screen. Altogether now: ‘Awwww!’ Pair is currently only available for the iPhone, although an Android version is in development.
Grindr is just for the guys; if you’re bi, gay, or even just a bit curious, then download Grindr and connect with over 2.3 million users in 192 countries across the globe. Offering both paid and free versions which allow users to trade messages and photos, Grindr is the world’s top location-based mobile dating app for men only.