May 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
First there was the free fall of MySpace, then the university-only Facebook, and more recently, the limited social circle concepts of Google+ and Path. Now, there’s Pair, an app built entirely on the concept of couples connecting through their mobile devices.
Pair is a “messaging app just for couples” that’s designed to make socializing with your sweetheart more personal. Husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and partners use the app with just one other person (their significant other) and all communication is done on that personal level. So whenever a message is posted or an image is sent to the timeline, the only person seeing it is the one to which you are paired.
Couples can use Pair to cut back on text messages because the app uses a data plan to send text, photo, or video for free. Pair also encourages interaction with things like playing Tic-tac-toe or send each other sketches. The cutest, or most groan-inducing depending on your views, feature is the ability to “Thumbkiss.” When two users sync up their thumb placement on the screen, the phone vibrates to represent a kiss.
Pair has been an iPhone app since March, but it now supports Android 2.2 or higher if you have someone you wish to pester throughout the day. If your boo has BlackBerry or Windows Phone, it might be time to start a new relationship. (Just kidding, WP7 is coming soon.)
- Connect to only one other person for the most private messaging experience
- Send photos, videos, and text messages for free
- Draw cute sketches for your partner in realtime, or play Tic-tac-toe!
- Instantly share your location with your partner
- Get reminders for important dates such as anniversaries, and birthdays
- Use your shared todo list to remind your partner to pick something up on the way home
- Other special features designed for people in relationships