Tinder introduces Snapchat-like photo messaging, pretends it’s no longer a dating app


Tinder screenshots

We first told you guys about Tinder — an app centered around creating matches with people you found interesting/attractive — when it first debuted on Android only almost a year ago. Since then, we’ve seen the app get a full visual makeover and in a new update rolling out now on Google Play, the app is attempting to break away from its previous stigma as being solely about dating/flirting with others.

All new is a feature Tinder is calling “Moments.” Essentially, they’re Snapchat-like temporary photos that can be sent to all your matches and expire after 24 hours. Pretty neat for dropping a simple hello in the form of a selfie (please, guys — no dick pics), these photos can be edited with filters or even drawn on just like on Snapchat. Your matches can then like or unlike your photos (just like in the main part of the app), after which you’ll be able to see all the activity in a whole new tab.

Tinder Moments update

Because not everyone is comfortable with downloading a “dating” app, Tinder sees their new picture messaging as a great way to spark a conversation with matches and even hints at a future update that will help the service further move away from its dating roots. Yes, because I need an app to help me find new “friends” based solely on their looks. Right

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Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’m guessing it’s frowned upon to have this app if you have a girlfriend right? What if I am looking for friends based solely on their looks?..

    GF: wtf is this app?!
    Me: Chris said I need an app to find good looking friends! Please don’t beat me, again!

    1. Best part is it only matches you app with people of the opposite sex. Yup. Totally platonic relationshipping. Lol

      1. You can look for same sex matches too. Buddy of mine was getting nothing but men after “mistakingly” tapping it in the options menu.

        1. This is a very funny comment, made better by the name you use to post it.

  2. I knew that Chris wrote the article before even clicking on it only because of the photo on the main page :)

    1. Hey, man. Blame Tinder. :P

      1. Well I see you approve my girlfriend Alex there on the thumbnail.. Wait why is she in tinder?… Must be looking for a friend to I guess.

        1. Yeah, man. She came over the other day and we were up all night. Talking. As friends. O_o

  3. Yup, gotta leave the D pics on Snapchat only guys.

  4. Come on Chris, dating/flirting? We know what this app is really for… Slayin’ dem dragons!

  5. Only Chris would send a pic of phandroid saying “Phandroid is the best”…

    1. I call it “social marketing.”

  6. tl;dr dic pics

  7. I don’t have a Facebook so I can’t join this tinder thing

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