Tinder To Add New Messaging Features and More

A couple of months after it rolled out its last major "Super Like" update, the most popular dating app is getting another influx of new features including the ability to like private messages, send GIFs to other users, and upload profile pictures directly from a phone gallery, in addition to a series of UI changes.

The in-app chat system of the version 4.8.0 boasts integration with GIPHY, the world's largest GIF search engine which you'll now be able to use to find GIFs which will help you express how you feel to your matches in situations when words aren't enough. Naturally, as GIPHY currently places no restrictions on tagging uploads, it remains to be seen how will the user base react to an influx of... ahem, GIFs that aren't what they say they are. In any case, other than sending GIFs, people will now also be able to like private messages on Tinder, while sent emojis will appear bigger on-screen. In other words, the entire Tinder messaging experience will - intentionally or not - now more closely resemble that of Facebook Messenger. User Interface also underwent some changes so the "stack" of matches will now fill a bigger part of the screen while owners of the latest iOS devices will be able to preview received links using 3D Touch. Regarding the latter, it's kind of doubtful that the few Android devices that support similar technology will be able to do the same, but that will hopefully change in the future when the selection improves.

Speaking of differences between platforms, the latest Tinder update is currently only available from the App Store where it launched yesterday. While the company hasn't revealed when will Android users get to use all of the app's new features, if their previous release schedule is anything to go by, it will probably be about a month before the version 4.8.0 finds its way to Google Play Store. While this is naturally less than ideal for Android aficionados, optimists would say that Tinder is, at least, looking to improve its update practices as the company's co-founder and senior vice president Jonathan Badeen recently took to Twitter to announce that his company is looking to hire skilled Android developers. Despite the fact that its largest potential install base on the planet is slightly lagging behind in terms of updates, Tinder is doing very well even after four years on the market, as the app passed 100 million downloads at the start of 2016.

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