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Apps that bring us closer to loved ones

Apps that bring us closer to loved ones

3/3/2014

When it comes to maintaining mobile contact with significant others, some smartphone users may find standard texting to be somewhat boring and impersonal. Social media platforms are not ideal either - Twitter, Instagram and Facebook may be too public for a couple's needs. If you're looking for a more personal outlet to communicate with your partner, you'll be happy to know that there are apps specifically designed to improve the mobile aspects of your relationship. Here are a few apps that could improve your Valentine's Day and keep you feeling close to your loved one when you're apart from each other.

Avocado
Avocado - named after the fruit that grows in pairs - offers couples a private communication platform in which users can share notes, calendars and checklists with their partners. The app's co-founder, Chris Wetherell​, sees it as a better alternative to social media platforms for couples.

"All of those [sites] don't have features which are perfect for couples. They just don't," Wetherell told ABC News. "You have to do all this work. You have to change the settings on your phone. Change the settings on your email. Go to a dozen different places. Set up a shared calendar. Make sure other people can't see it. And that is because communication behaves wildly different in a public atmosphere than how it behaves in a private one."

Avocado users may want to remain honest about their whereabouts, as the app allows individuals to view their significant other's location through a GPS feature. The app also allows partners to "kiss" one another by causing phones to vibrate in response to users placing their lips to the screen.

ProFlowers
Sending flowers to a significant other is a classic Valentine's Day gesture, and ProFlowers makes this process easier than ever before. This app allows users to choose from a selection of floral arrangements and purchase them directly through their phones. Orders can also include additional items, such as chocolates or teddy bears. If you'd like for your significant other's flowers to arrive specifically on Feb. 14, ProFlowers' delivery date feature can allow that to happen.

Kahnoodle
Kahnoodle is a unique app that gives literal meaning to the phrase "the game of love." The app features a points system in which users earn "kudos" for performing thoughtful acts for their partners. Couples can also create "digital love coupons" designed for one another. The goal of the game is to fill up a "love tank," which could help to show your significant other that you've been a caring partner.

If you're looking to embrace the excitement of these apps but you haven't upgraded to a smartphone yet, maybe you'd like to finally make the switch. Mobile apps can make the romantic side of your life much more entertaining and convenient. And fortunately, you can earn money to put toward your new investment by selling back your current device. ProtectCELL will buy back cell phones from you, offering up to 50 percent buyback on devices less than a year old.

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