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Tinder continues to tinker with its formula, with recent additions including a looping video feature and a geolocation-based Places to find matches who share your hangouts.
For Android users, Tinder just added a new payment process that bypasses Google Play, so that it doesn't have to share revenue with Google; it will be interesting to see how Google reacts to that move.
Created as a counterpoint to other prominent gay dating apps — and to put a greater emphasis on safety — Chappy (Android, i OS) is backed by Bumble and part of the bigger Badoo network of dating services.
Chappy aims to provide a safe, fun place for gay men to date, with features like account verification, mandatory confirmed profile pics, and photo moderation.
If the attraction is mutual, then the app will set you up with a 7-day chat window and icebreaker.
A recent redesign of the app puts a greater emphasis on user profiles, giving you the ability to comment on profiles and photos in hopes of fostering more connections between Coffee Meets Bagel users.
Coffee Meets Bagel (Android, i OS) takes the opposite approach to many dating apps, trying to focus on quality rather than quantity.
Every day at noon, the app will send men a small selection of potential matches based on their profile and preferences, and women are then sent a number of matches who've shown interest in them, leaving the ladies the option of reciprocating the like.
A recent update to Bumble added video and voice chat features that appear once you've made connections with people in Date, Bizz and BFF modes.
Profile creation is a fairly minimal experience, focusing on a profile pic, user name, and a few simple questions, and choosing a "Tribe" that describes your type, and then you're up finding other users and chatting them up in minutes.
Grindr is free to use and advertisement-supported, but the premium version, Grindr Xtra, offers ad-free browsing in addition to other features like adding multiple Tribes and advanced search filters. Unlike other dating apps, push notifications for messages require Grindr Xtra.
You can Like photos of other users, and if the interest is mutual, the app will link you up to chat.
Of course, it's also more than just meeting prospective dates, with the app offering social features, news and articles about LGBTQ issues, events, questions and more.
More comprehensive features such as the ability to see who has checked out your profile and liked your pictures can be unlocked by a subscription.