It’s not exactly news that the main issue holding Windows back is the smaller app selection when compared to iOS and Android. While the store is steadily growing, there is obviously still a lack of more popular apps, and the platform has unfortunately adopted a “better late than never” reputation. Unfortunately, this app gap also extends to dating apps, and more specifically gay social apps. There just isn’t really much of a selection for someone like me, who identifies with the LGBT community. So a while back I went on a rant about how poor the selection of gay social networking apps is in the Windows Phone store. This was mainly in a plea to make Grindr, the largest and most popular gay social app, bring its app over to the slowly growing Windows user base. I noted how the lack of adequate gay social apps on Windows Phone doesn’t seem very inviting to members of the LGBT community, and can sometimes even be a deal-breaker for individually potentially looking to make the switch from competing OSes.
— Team Jack’d (@jackd) November 17, 2014
Fortunately some progress is about to be made, as I just received confirmation from Jack’d via twitter that they are working on bringing their app over to Windows! For those who don’t know, Jack’d is one of the most popular gay social apps, having launched in 2010 with nearly 5 million members having joined since then.
Jack’d comes with the following features on iOS and Android:
- Match Finder
- 3 public pictures + 2 private pictures
- List View & Gallery View for profile listings
- Extended profile filtering
- Scene selection
- Favorites list & Followers list
- Unlimited picture & message exchanges
- Push Notification support
To many, the ability to have multiple photos, detailed profile information, and push notification support make the app significantly better than Grindr, which only lets you upload one profile photo, has very limited space for profile information, and requires a paid subscription for push notifications, among other features. Another handy feature is that Jack’d lets users see who has visited their profiles, something that comes as a premium on many other dating apps. Additionally, users can even search through different locations across the world for users in other areas, making it useful for those going on trips and looking to meet people in new cities.
While another popular gay app, Scruff, has been available on Windows for quite some time, it’s great to see others finally jumping on the platform. Jack’d didn’t give any details on the availability of the app, but hopefully this will convince the likes of Grindr and others to follow suit!
What are your thoughts on Jack’d coming to Windows Phone? Any LGBT readers out there use the app on iOS or Android?
Via: Jack’d (Twitter)