Geographical distance has become a big barrier that separates lovers in an increasingly shrinking world. Thank god there are smartphones. Youngsters, particularly in urban areas, comprise most of the user base for smartphones and tablets.
Just as they cannot stay away from their lovers, friends and families, separation from their smartphones too is unthinkable for Gen Y. But these nifty modern devices go far beyond just powering conversations. There are the obvious and ubiquitous apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber and Skype that almost every smartphone user installs.
But here are 10 lesser known apps that can help geographically distanced lovers spend some quality time together virtually and extend the concept of sharing.
Couple is an awesome way to stay connected to the person you love. The app makes it easy to share life’s simple things and moments with each other. Couple creates a separate timeline where lovers can post videos, pictures and messages.
The app offers multiple outlets to bond including in-app games. An interesting but a relatively less popular app, is quite a boon for all lovers separated by distances. It is available on both Android and iOS.
Nimbuzz is a messenger platform that enables partners to stay connected with each other through text and voice calls. Nimbuzz also allows partners to buy gifts within the platform to celebrate occasions or simply their relationship. One can send their loved ones gifts like diamond ring, red bouquet and a necklace to make them feel special.
Long Distance allows partners to keep track of their long distance relations. The simple interface of the app keeps a countdown of next meetings; partner’s Twitter account and also allow users to share photographs and sweet memories.
The app is enabled with shortcut buttons that make calling and messaging each other an easy affair. Long Distance also pares the distance between the partners. Long Distance is a paid app available for Rs 55 in iOS App Store worth that’s worth every single rupee.
Evernote has become quite a popular platform. Different people use it for different reasons. It can be used as a note-taking app that allows partners to pen down each and every little detail they need to remember about each other, or their relationship.
Evernote also allows users to plan surprise parties and visits, or just put down thoughts that one would like to share at a later time. Available across almost all three major stores like Android, iOS and Windows, Evernote is always more than a handy tool.
The sole function of this iOS app is to allow you to email letters written in your own squiggly handwriting to give your messages that personal touch. Break out of your usual email and snail mail exchanges with a short (even if mildly illegible) note. It writes smoothly even if you’re just using your finger, but having a good stylus certainly helps.
Can’t wait for a greeting card’s delivery, and telegrams are dead anyway? Red Stamp is a free iOS app that allows you to send your personalized cards immediately over text, email, Twitter, or Facebook. You can now send new card designs that are added with each festive occasion. So you need not hold back. Go, express.
Here is another private sharing app specifically designed for you two on your iPhone, iPod and iPad. You can post photos, add captions, check in to places, and keep all that strictly between the two of you. You don’t need to worry about the prying eyes of your wider social network and can share virtually anything that you can’t paste on wider platforms like Facebook.
Ferns and Petals
Every guy at some point in his relationship has surprised his partner with a bouquet of flowers. And vice versa! The Ferns and Petals free app on Android allows you to do exactly that even when your partner isn’t in the same country. A bouquet of the traditional red roses or chocolates are now only a few clicks (and of course some money!) away.
A neat interface and some extraordinary results, this app is a must have for all of you who suffer from the long-distance syndrome. It is an extension of the F&P’s physical business that is more than a virtual florist.
WeChat is another option that couples in long distance relationships will find useful. Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Symbian mobile platforms, it can also be accessed from the desktop via a browser.
You can use this app to make voice calls, video calls, as well as send instant messages. To make things more exciting, you can use its Drift Bottle feature to send private messages, share photos via Moments or express yourself using the wide range of emoticons it offers.