Valentine's Day Special: Between and other apps to love this season

In such technologically-connected times, you can feel close to your partner, even if you're physically not together.

Stay connected even when you’re far apart, with the help of these apps built for two parties. They provide a private space for couples for messaging, sharing photos, voice notes and video messages, without bombarding your social network feeds.

Between

It’s like WhatsApp for lovebirds - and so much more.

Between, an app hailing from South Korea, lets couples have their own private space on their smartphones. They can record special dates and anniversaries in a shared calendar, save their memories and photos, and chat with their loved one with cute ‘stickers’ or voice messages.

Couples in a long-distance relationships can also look out for their partner by checking the weather of the location he or she is in, on the home screen of the app.

If you run out of date ideas, there is an ‘event box’ in the app that offer special deals for couples.

Initially targeted at the South Korean market, Between has been expanding to other markets like Japan and China, with both territories holding 10 per cent of total downloads, and South-east Asia 7 per cent. Since its debut in 2011, Between has been downloaded over five million times and is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

You can download on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/between-private-space-for/id458035189?mt=8

Here are other similar apps:

LoveByte

Notable feature: Send each other ‘scratchcards’ that have date ideas on them. The recipient has to ‘scratch’ it by rubbing the screen to reveal the suggestion.

Couple

Notable feature: Match your thumb to the screen at the same time as your partner to ‘thumbkiss’.

Avocado

Notable feature: Pair an emoticon with your picture of yourself making the same expression to personalise your messages.

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