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GPS App Matches Singles When Paths Cross

July 9, 2014



A smartphone dating app is using GPS to match people to potential partners when their paths cross.

Happn has already taken France by storm and is proving popular in London after the free service was extended to the capital last month.

When app users pass close to each other, a notification pops up on their phone, showing the photo, age and personal details of the potential match.

It also displays a map showing the point and moment where the two paths crossed, as well as how many times the two users have passed each other previously.

But in an effort to deal with privacy concerns, users can block specific individuals from seeing their locations.

It is the latest dating app to take advantage of smartphone GPS technology.

Tinder is one of the world’s most popular dating services and lets users see who is looking for love within a set distance radius.

Happn builds on that with a system which is more likely to flag up people from places a user visits regularly, such as their workplace or gym.

Potential matches can be liked and when two people show interest in each other, they can chat and arrange a date.

The team of three behind the app said on their website: "There are thousands of possible connections that sadly remain impossible.

"(This is) an app that loves coincidences and boosts luck again."

Happn currently has 4.5 stars out of five on both the Apple and Google app stores.


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Source: Sky News (UK)


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