Such is the nature and manner of the modern life that no sooner does one occasion pass by, another comes calling right on its heels. The holiday season has just got over and the winter has not yet receded yet all of a sudden, there is a certain warmth in the air thanks to the expectant ushering in of St. Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air and all of us are preparing to shower some of it on that special someone.
The hectic lives we live do not allow us much time to devote to love and relationships and as such, everyone wants to make sure that this designated day of love turns out to be perfect in its planning and execution. Here, at Andoid Appstorm we swear by the power of Android to provide effective solutions to every problem and St. Valentine’s Day celebrations are no different. As such, we present to you a variety of applications that take care of every aspect of celebrating the day and making it a memorable affair for you and your loved one. Thrown along are some wallpapers and ringtones to dress up your phone accordingly.
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Music plays an integral part in creating the perfect setting for a romantic date night and Moodagent does a brilliant job at playing just the right song at the right moment. Sporting five mood profiles namely, Happy, Tempo, Angry, Tender and Sensual, the app creates on-the-go playlists from your smartphone music library depending on your mood. The mood agents can be configured by nifty slider controls to curate the perfect playlist for the special night. We say, turn the Sensual and Tender sliders right upto the maximum for your after-dinner romantic dance.
For those of you who may not have a lot of music available on your smartphone, Valentine Radio is the perfect remedy. The app provides you with a ready supply of international and online radio stations which have love and romance playing on their airwaves. The radio stations list out the genre of songs they play such as, Love songs, Romantica, Easy Listening, Rockballaden, Smooth Jazz and so on, helping you tune into the station most apt for your mood and setting.
8tracks is another very worthy alternative for your date night music needs. Boasting more than 450,000 user created mixes, 8tracks allows you to search music by broad genres or specific artists. It also supports filtering out the available mixes using generic free form tags like love, Valentine’s day, romantic songs…, thereby covering every base there is. The fast and smooth streaming is a pleasure to behold and just adds to the allure.
Quite a few of us actually prefer the quiet of one’s house for an intimate dinner rather than going out to a restaurant. Now, you can obviously order food but there’s nothing like preparing a sumptuous dinner for your loved one. The effort you put in cooking will be really appreciated and make it all the more special.
To help you cook up a delectable dinner for the special night, Epicurious is the perfect companion. The app divides its recipes into meaningful categories that make choosing the recipe a breeze. Along with ingredients and detailed cooking instructions, it also provides reviews to help you make a choice. “Romantic Dinners” is one category which should serve this occasion the best. And for those of us who may not be familiar with the secrets of the kitchen, there is an “I Can Barely Cook” category providing easy-to-master recipes.
Big Oven aims to provide a complete kitchen solution. Not only does the app boast more than 250,000 recipes presented in a slick and pleasing interface complete with detailed instructions and photos, it also provides options for a grocery list, menu planner and tips for preparing a meal using leftovers. Recipes can be searched using keywords, ingredients, courses or by browsing one of the popular recipe collections and categories. The “Valentine’s Day” collection is the perfect place to start.
A romantic dinner is never complete without the perfect drink to go with it and Cocktail Flow helps you achieve just that. It presents step-by-step guides for drink recipes in a visually appealing and extremely easy to use interface allowing you to whip up the perfect cocktail. Drinks can be searched based on type, color and base drink or by browsing through one of the package categories. The Valentine’s Day premium package suits this occasion’s purpose perfectly.
If being at home and cooking is not your thing, then you need to find the best places to eat in around you and this is where Foodspotting comes into the picture. The unique feature about the app is that instead of listing out restaurants, it focuses on select dishes and brings to you all the best options around your location in a visually aesthetic package. Once, you have zeroed in on a dish, you can click the accompanying picture for the address, directions, reviews and a visual map. So, if there’s a certain dish that your special someone craves for, fire up Foodspotting to find the nearest place it’s available at.
Yelp provides a plethora of information right at your fingertips, making sure you will never be stuck not knowing where to look for to find information. Want to head out to restaurant or a coffee shop? Yelp has the best listings around your place complete with reviews, pictures and directions. Interested in hitting a disc or a club to celebrate the special day? Yelp caters for that too. Need to fill up on the gas, catch a movie at a local theatre, find that antique piece of art your partner may fall in love with? Yelp has it all covered.
If you are one of those lucky enough to be heading out of town with your partner on Valentine’s Day, Expedia Hotels & Flights is the perfect companion to plan your romantic getaway. Providing you with exclusive deals on flight and hotel bookings, the app brings you a variety of filter options helping you zero in on the best deals. It allows you to search flights by airport name, city or code and lets you sort out the results based on price, time and duration. It also offers the ability to read reviews for different hotels around the world and sort out your search results based on price, reviews or available deals.
With a seemingly endless amount of reviews on hotels, restaurants and things to do in a city, Trip Advisor provides you with a more rounded travel experience. So, not only can you find the most suitable flight tickets and the best hotel deals based on millions of reviews, but you can also explore restaurants depending on cuisine, price range and rating. The app also details out the “Things To Do” in the city you have travelled to and boasts a “Near Me” feature that helps you discover various options near your location or a predefined address.
In this globalised world, not all of us are lucky enough to be together with our partner. Many of us are in a long distance relationship which basically means ending up feeling miserable on such days when we cannot be together with our partners. Between provides such people with a personalised space to share all their special moments together. The app allows you to share pictures to create a beautiful timeline, plan and set reminders for your special dates, create memos to remember your special memories and chat with each other in a completely private space. The fact that Between does all of this in an absolutely gorgeous interface takes the app to another level altogether.
Avocado provides another alternative for couples to be in constant touch and create a personal space just for themselves. Along with the usual features of being able to chat and share pictures, it also introduces the concept of lists which can be used for everything from grocery lists to date ideas. It also allows you to create events with reminders and send quick notes to each other. The unique feature for long distance couples here is that the app allows you to send your partner virtual hugs and kisses. On Valentine’s Day, if you are away from each other, that may possibly be the best thing to lift up your mood.
Surprise your Valentine by sending them a personalised greeting card or postcard using Touchnote Cards. Even if your partner is miles away from you in some different country, Touchnote helps you send them a physical greeting or postcard to show your love on this special occasion. The app allows you to choose a photo from your phone and customise it further with selective filters and designs, complete with a personal message from you. Once done designing, you can select the recipient from your contact list or Facebook friend list and your cards will be on their way within one working day. Touchnote takes care of printing your greeting cards and postcards on beautiful, high quality stock cards and double-sided glossy thick paper, giving them a premium feel.
If your soulmate is tied up in a country that is not supported through the postal service, you need not fret and be miserable. Enter justWink Greeting Cards whose unique selling point is that alongside postal mail, it lets you send greeting cards via email, text message and Facebook. Opting for a more traditional flip and open style of cards, the app lets you select from a variety of templates predesigned for occasions round the year and then lets you further customise it with a personal message, pictures and even your signature.
The movies are filled with characters spilling out their feelings for each other in the most romantic of ways. Unfortunately, real life is not a movie and most of us are not blessed with the gift of words and the sense of timing and occasion. As a result, confessing our feelings and saying those three magical words seem to be the most daunting task in life. The 101 Ways To Say I Love You app acts as your readymade handbook in this matter, helping you gain confidence and providing you with the best ways and occasions to confess your feelings to that special someone. The app is nothing but a long passage of text detailing out essential and important information which need be lapped up by most of us.
If you are hard pressed for time and patience, Valentine’s Day Special is the perfect app for you. Designed to the proverbial concept of “one app to rule them all”, it acts as your one stop guide for everything you need to know and do on Valentine’s Day. So, right from having a ready supply of romantic messages, love poems and wallpapers, it also lists down romantic gift ideas, recipes to match the mood and a listing of top romantic movies which you may sit down and watch with your partner. An informative write-up on the history of Valentine’s Day just proves to be the icing on the cake.
Everyone wants to make their partner feel special and loved on Valentine’s Day. However, one of the perennial problems is the lack of unique, romantic ideas, especially since the ones shown in movies have already been tried and become clichéd to the core. Enter Valentines Day: Romantic Ideas which promises to do just one thing but does it very well. Keeping it simple and true to its name, the app lists out unique and romantic ideas to show your love and ignite the romance. Sample this – “Take a horse-drawn carriage ride”.
Gift Ideas is one of those utility apps which have the potential to be a life saver. Choosing a gift is always difficult and if it’s for your partner on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, well that just makes it harder still. Gift Ideas aims to help you choose the perfect gift for your Valentine by asking you a few questions and listing out presents based on your answers. Questions range from the age and sex of your partner, their general interests and your budget for the occasion.
El Gifto not only helps you choose the perfect gift for your partner by listing them out but it goes one step ahead by providing descriptions, ratings and reviews for the suggested gifts. The app works its magic by asking you questions about your partner’s age, interests, personality type and your budget for the present. Based on your answers, El Gifto lists out various probable gift items, their price and a handy shopping interface from within the app. Throw in features like the ability to set a target price for the gift item, follow the price trends and receive a message when the price is within your range and El Gifto distinguishes itself as the most handy gift planner available.
When it comes to showing your love, one can seldom go wrong with flowers. A nicely done bouquet of her favourite flowers is sure to melt her heart and make her feel special. Flower Arrangement Ideas provides you with a ton of floral designs and arrangements that you can look at for inspiration. You can always take up one of the designs you love to your local florist and get them to realize it just the same. Or if you’re one of the adventurous, DIY types, the app also has a listing of tutorial videos that you can refer to for help.
Fancy Bouquet helps you create a virtual bouquet using your favourite flowers and send them to your partner on their Android. This is really helpful for couples who are away from each other without the means to send a real bouquet but may not want to miss out on the experience. The app provides you with the options of selecting a variety of different flowers, rotating them around as needed, changing the background to match your bouquet and adding a text message to complement it.
Poetry is one of the most romantic forms of expressing love and if that is your thing then Love Poems is apt for you. With an impressive collection of more than 700 romantic poems to choose from, the app isa perfect place to go for if you’re in need of a verse. Boosting a pleasing UI with a wood background, the poems can be shared from within the app to your partner’s cell immediately.
There is nothing like a short romantic message to your partner in the middle of the day. It goes a long way in making them feel special and showing that they are in your thoughts. Love Quotes has an amazing collection of short, romantic quotes in the form of picture messages which can be used either as messages, on greeting cards or just as a love note. The quotes are divided in various categories ranging from romantic and cute to the philosophical and flirty thereby ensuring that you find something appropriate for your precise mood.
Decorating that amazing couple picture of yours from the last vacation with a romantic picture frame or styling that lovely closeup picture of her face inside a beautiful heart frame, Valentine Photofram.es lets you create beautiful picture portraits of your special moments together. With over 200 frames to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. The app lets you choose a picture from your album or click one straight from your camera. With options to resize, rotate, add color effects and choose background color, it is pretty comprehensive and does a great job at making amazing picture postcards that can be shared from within the app.
So, you have created some lovely picture postcards of your special memories, written a beautiful verse to celebrate your togetherness, made a fancy collage of your times together, designed a virtual flower bouquet and written about your journey of love. It’s now time to organise all of them together in one platform and this is where Springpad comes into the picture. Create a private notebook and add all of the above to it to create a virtual storybook of your time together.
If you are single and lonely this Valentine’s Day, you need not worry. There’s no better time as now for finding love and POF is the perfect place to start. With over 55 million members, POF touts itself as being the largest online dating site. Now that may or may not be true but the app does do a good job of letting you meet new people around your location thereby giving you a good shot at finding love. You can chat, exchange messages and flirt, upload images, edit your profile and use the special Meet Me feature to actually meet people.
When it comes to alternate messaging appliactions, Go SMS Pro is the preferred choice for most of us. Along with being an amazing app with tons of extra features, the unique selling point of Go SMS Pro is the huge amount of themes available to customise its look and feel. The Go SMS Pro Valentine’s Day theme is quite possibly one of the best themes for the app. Thanks to an elegant background with contrasting text colors coupled with red flowers, chocolates, heart shapes and a greetings card, this theme is just about as perfect as it can get.
Hopefully, you have found some nice suggestions amongst the collection of apps listed above to celebrate the day of love, and make it memorable for both yourself and your partner. And here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!