OH BOY / OH GIRL is of the freshest startups trying to improve safety, convenience, serve particular niches and make hooking up a happy experience for everyone. Image credit: OH BOY / OH GIRL.

OH BOY / OH GIRL is of the freshest startups trying to improve safety, convenience, serve particular niches and make hooking up a happy experience for everyone.

Apps to Watch is a bi-weekly series of the most impressive and innovative up and coming mobile apps in the business.

Humans have a deeply built-in lust for connection, love, sex and intimacy. Nonetheless, dating was never quick nor easy until the emergence of apps. They allow us to meet, flirt, chat, have fun and get romantically involved.

As fun as it sounds dating apps also have issues of privacy, fake accounts, spam bots and controversies that cast shadows on their reputation.

Since the launch of Tinder in 2012, there were numerous attempts to fix and improve the online dating and today the mobile dating world is awash with countless new apps.

Here are some of the freshest startups trying to improve safety, convenience, serve particular niches and make hooking up a happy experience for everyone.

Hily

Available for free on Android and iOS.

Hily is an AI-powered all-around dating app which emphasizes safety and quality of user experience. The platform allows just real and verified people and the chat opens up only if both people like each other. Deep learning ensures that the more you use Hily, the better and more convenient date suggestions you receive. Would you dare to let artificial intelligence to choose your date for you?

Rebound

Available for free on iOS.

Rebound is an anonymous service made for local and on-demand speed dating. The team behind it believes that hooking up is all about going out. Therefore, all you need to do is take a selfie, get a match, break the ice with 10 seconds live video and if everything goes smoothly, Rebound sets up a meeting place nearby.

Appetence

Available for free on iOS.

Appetence is the world’s first “slow dating” app. It seeks to bring back traditional values to the game – the feeling of conquest. In essence, the more you chat with a particular person, the more of his or her profile you get to unlock. Just like in real life, there is an element of mystery and you get to discover a person piece by piece. What is the point of having an avalanche of matches if there is no interaction afterward anyway?

Spin the Bottle

Available for free on iOS.

The classic party game is back, except this time it’s virtual. Spin the Bottle lets you spin the bottle amongst your local potential dates and when it stops you get a 30-second video chat with another person. If the chemistry is right, you have to send a kiss before the time expires and if the affection is mutual, you win yourself a match.

Whisperr

Available for free on Android.

Whisperr’s angle is simple, yet effective. Imagine being able to hear the person talk about themselves in their own voice before meeting them. Whisperr realizes this idea. Often, looks are deceiving, so pitching yourself and connecting with other people based on their voice stories adds a warm personal touch.

OH BOY / OH GIRL

Available for free on iOS.

OH BOY and OH GIRL are two separate apps for the same online events platform. Together they make an exciting and real bonding experience. The visually rich apps have a party-like feeling as the date and time of an event is announced in advance and is same for everyone. No need for swiping left or right and no chat history is saved. Although the concept has received some criticism for being strictly heterosexual, it’s creators admit that it’s just the initial version and there is plenty of room for improvement.

Vouch

Available for free on iOS.