Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a few new features we’ve been working on since our last app update. In addition to finishing our web app, which is now a full release (woot!), we’ve completely redesigned our location features to make communicating places to your partner easier and more convenient than ever.
In this release, we’ve added a location-based feature the is the first of its kind for couples. The new feature, Live Beacon, will allow you to connect with your partner by sharing your location in real-time for up to 30 minutes. For those moments when you’re trying to meet each other on a busy street, or just communicate your progress home during your daily commute, Live Beacon shows exactly where you are (and where you’re going) in just a few taps, even if you minimize the app in iOS or Android.
To use Live Beacon with your partner, all you need to do is open your wallet photo and tap the Live Beacon icon in the lower right hand corner.
Tapping the Live Beacon icon will open up small notification that shows you’re sharing your location with your partner.
A timer will appear within the Live Beacon to count down how much time is left before the location-sharing session is over.
To stop sharing your location with your partner, just tap on the Live Beacon button again from your wallet photo
Live Beacon is an opt in feature, meaning that your live-location will only ever be visible to your partner when you choose to share it from your wallet photo; without your permission, there is no way for your partner to see your current location or turn on this feature . Each time you opt to share your location with your partner, your partner will receive a notification to see your location in his or her wallet photo, and will be invited to share a location from Live Beacon as well.
In this release, we’ve improved our location capabilities by pulling apart our previous location feature and turning it into Venues. By integrating Venues with foursquare® , we’ve put more information about the world around you at your fingertips, and we’ve made sharing where you are with your partner a quick, simple task. Whether you’re planning a date night, deciding where to meet up on the fly, or sharing your favorite spots with a partner who is far away, foursquare® listings, photos and ratings will now display within Couple to make it easier than ever.
To use Venues:
Tap on the location icon in the middle of the action bar.
When Venues opens, you will be able to send your current location, see a list of venues that are around you, or search for a location to send to your partner.
As you move around the map, the points of interest will change to show you the most interesting places around the area you’re exploring.
You can send your location or a location pin to your partner by tapping the blue bar underneath the map.
The search bar for Venues at the top of the screen will return results for locations and categories. Searching for “coffee,” for example, will bring up results with “coffee” in the name and give you the options to browse coffee-related categories within Foursquare.
[Screenshots in gallery– location icon, Venues screen, search query + results, location pin in timeline]
Once in awhile, you may notice slight inaccuracies in the location feature, but these are just small hiccups in mobile location technology. Location will generally be accurate within a few hundred yards, though the map is convinced that our office is located in the center of a busy street instead of on its western side.
Couple for Web
After a month of incredible feedback our beta-testers, we’re happy to announce that Couple for Web is complete! Here are a few new things you can do with couple from your desktop:
Access your Timeline + Moments from your browser.
Send + receive messages, stickers and notifications through the web.
Let your partner know they’re on your mind with a “Thinking of you.”
Drag and drop files and photos to share them with your partner.
Adjust the appearance of the web app for incognito communication during the workday.
Customize your web experience with a new Settings menu.
To ensure that Couple is a private, intimate, safe place for you and your partner, Secrets are only visible on a mobile device and not within the web app. Login at http://app.couple.me to experience Couple for Web with your partner!
In addition to squishing a few bugs and adding performance enhancements to the app, in this release we’ve rearranged two icons in the action bar for iOS users. When you tap the little “+” icon in front of the message bar, you may notice that the video button no longer appears within the first set of icons. In order to make room for Venues, we’ve combined photo and video in our Camera feature. To access your video camera, just tap the camera button and move the toggle in the Camera screen to the right.
How will you use the features from this latest release with your partner? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!