For Valentine's Day, apps to lend Cupid a hand

Posted: February 14, 2013

Forgot about Valentine's Day? Love's way can still be smoothed.

Load your smartphone with the romantic app Couple, by TenthBit Inc. It's free for Android and iPhone.

Once you've signed up, Couple will e-mail or text your beloved with the entreaty, "Let's use Couple together."

Couple is like Facebook for just two people. You send goo-goo notes and videos, collect pictures on a mutual timeline, and share calendars and lists.

A shared sketch-pad feature allows two to draw simultaneously on the touchscreen, and Couple encourages lovers to "ThumbKiss" by pressing fingers on the same spot.

Need to send an instant gift? Wrapp, from Bohemian Wrappsody AB, free for Android and iPhone, is set up for shipping free and paid virtual gift cards to people you know via Facebook, text message, or e-mail. Some of the free promotional offers this week included two weeks of the Hulu Plus video-on-demand service, $5 at Home Depot, and a month's online subscription to the Wall Street Journal.

And it's not just for your Valentine. Since you sign on with a Facebook account, the app will tell you who on your friend list has a birthday.

There are a few catches. For example, whoever gets your Wrapp gift has to sign up with Wrapp, too, to accept it. And gift cards for use online expire 60 minutes after the recipient taps "Use Online."

If you can't string sweet nothings together on your own, Love & Romance Collection, listed from Mobyi Apps on Google Play and from Creative Glance Entertainment on the App Store, is a free package of poems, song lyrics, and "romantic ideas" that you can send along in e-mails or to Facebook.

Though some of the poetry is erotic, and some of the ideas - "Bake homemade cookies together" - are lame, the app has its unintended charms. For example Charlotte Bronte's fictional story of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester is summarized among the app's offerings of "True Love Stories."

Daily Love, by Steven Boynes, is free for iPhone (pay 99 cents to remove advertisements). Its daily messages are quotations from movies.

When a quotation from the film I Think I Do - "If you can't fall in love with your best friend, then who can you fall in love with?" - appeared on my first visit, I was invited to tap and share by Facebook or Twitter. To send it to my wife, though, I had to tap "copy" and then switch to texting or e-mail to paste in the quote.


Contact Reid Kanaley at 215-854-5114, rkanaley@phillynews.com or @ReidKan on Twitter.

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