Android has been shuffling along with its modest App Market library of 30K+. I like to say (and oft prove) that there's a comparable and usable app for most things that the iPhone App Store offers.
Maybe all my friends are just a little bit whorish, or maybe just mobile promiscuity is catching on, but I'm always being asked if they can get Grindr in the Market. Grindr is the premiere geo-locational guy finder app for gay/bi men, simple profiles, simple communication, but apparently effective. And alas, up until recently, Android has been left of out the "guy-finder" app category, until now. Encountr, Android's first native locale-based-boy-radar has just been released. First opinion? It can only get better...
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MODESTO, CA - February 22, 2010 - Chedstone Interactive announced that its highly anticipated application, Encountr for Android, will be available on the Android Marketplace beginning today.
Gay and bisexual men all over the United States have been looking for a dating application for their Android phones. Today, we deliver that app and we call it, Encountr.", said Roy McKenzie, developer of the application. With the Encountr application, millions of gay and bisexual men can find other gay or bisexual men nearby using GPS. Users can view profiles of local guys and start a conversation through the chat function all from within the app.
Encountr is very simple: using your phone's GPS/location Encountr pulls a list of guys sorted by who's closest to you. Simple filters allow you to set an age range, view guys with photos only, and set the mile radius for Encountr to look. Click on a thumbnail to bring photo/name/age/bio with the option to send a short message along.
And thats it. Seriously. Nothing else to review. Unfortunately, Encountr is halfbaked at best, and should have had a few more revisions before the press release was sent out. However, like I said, Encountr can only get better, and so in good faith, I'll outline some of the features that can only come about in the future.. because I've really said all there is.
- Notifications: This is a highlight of Android, and Encountr feels broken without it. Even the chat list has nothing to show when you've received a message.
- Dynamic refreshing: Back in the early days of smartphone apps, when an app refreshed its data, you had to wait while a spinning loading icon locked out the app until it was done fetching. Encountr can make you wait as much as a minute before it refreshes. I'd like to see dynamic refreshing, with thumbnails appearing as they load. No one wants to wait when they're horny, right? Not to mention there is a ton of methods to check for changes in data without refreshing an entire data set, but i digress...
- At a glance info: As you can see from the screenshots, all you see are photos, and as much as i love a clean interface, it would be really nice to be able to tell from the list who is online. Maybe even a star method that keeps your favorite
tricks profiles on top, or at least easy to distinguish.
- iPhone compatibility: This feature is at least confirmed from the source: " An iPhone version of the app is imminent that will allow guys from the two largest phone platforms to connect using one service." If Encountr can ramp up the development and either tether into Grindr's database or bring the feature list above and beyond Grindr on both platforms, Encountr has a chance.
If you roll with Android and like finding your booty calls via thumbnail, I'd install Encountr. Even if you aren't sold, you should install it and see what happens. Apps like this need testing time and the user base to support speedy development. To install, search for "Encountr" in the Android Market, or scan this code right from your phone.