Coffee Meets Bagel is now a true mobile dating contender

If you’re a single, semi-techie person under the age of 40, you’re probably familiar with the mobile dating app trifecta: Tinder, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. The trio, with Tinder leading the way, have redefined what it means to find love on the go with simple user interfaces and minimal text baggage. There are lingering, entrenched dinosaurs like Match.com, Ok Cupid, and Plenty of Fish, but they’re not the future of romance in the smartphone era.

You can imagine my surprise, then, to discover that until Tuesday Coffee Meets Bagel didn’t actually have an Android app. It’s been around for more than two years, and 40 percent of its users were stuck using the mobile web version of the service. It’s rather remarkable the app carried on at all.

“We’re a very lean team. We still have today only 11 full time people,” co-founder Dawoon Kang told me as way of explanation. “We decided we would learn as much as possible through iOS before translating all that learning into Android.”

Until now, Coffee Meets Bagel was hindered by its lack of Android. It was shutting off more than half the smartphone market. But now the path is cleared for it to battle its rival: Up-and-coming favorite Hinge. Kang doesn’t see it that way. “There is definitely room for more than one winner,” Kang said. “A lot of single people end up using multiple services because there’s really no reason why they shouldn’t.”

She makes a fair point. Freemium mobile dating services are almost a commodity. As a young single person in San Francisco, I’m on both Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel…and Tinder, although I’m on the latter reluctantly.

Although Tinder may be thought of as the premier mobile dating app, the more popular Tinder has grown the more casual it has become. It’s dating-as-entertainment, an endless swiping past faces, addictive hits of ego boost when matches are made. It’s turned into a game that rarely translates into real life.

In its wake are the two remaining mobile romantic champions: Both Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. Their designs keep the dating focus by limiting the number of matches a day.

With Coffee Meets Bagel’s new Android app and upcoming appearance on Shark Tank on Friday, it’s doubling down on its product.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update Points to New MacBook Pros

Two Spanish Apple (s aapl) sites are reporting that the latest build of Apple’s upcoming update to its Mac OS X Snow Leopard software contains references to as-yet unreleased new models of MacBook Pro.

Build 10C531 lists “MacBook Pro 6,1” and “MacBook Pro 6,2”, an indication of major revisions of the MacBook Pro lineup. The current family of MacBook Pro’s range from 5,1 to 5,5.

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Last week’s introduction of refreshed iMacs brought Intel’s (s intc) new Core i5 and i7 (Nehalem) processors to Apple’s most popular desktop machines, but the refreshed product lineup didn’t include any new MacBook Pros. Applesana suggests that the new MacBook Pro models will likely feature quad core processors based on Intel’s Arrandale architecture which brings i5/i7 technology to a more power-efficient mobile chip.

The last time Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line was in early June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Read More about Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update Points to New MacBook Pros

Apple Issues Developer Updates for iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard Preview

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Yesterday evening was a red-letter night for Apple (s aapl) developers, especially if you happened to have both Mac and iPhone developer accounts. That’s because Apple dropped new builds of both iPhone OS 3.1 and Snow Leopard, bringing it to version 10A411. Users with an iPhone developer account can head to Apple’s Developer Connection web site and get iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 and its attendant SDK in the usual way, while Snow Leopard users should find the new build available when they open up Software Update.

iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2

I wasn’t expecting any massive changes in an incremental decimal point update, and a Beta 2 at that, but apparently this latest build packs at least one big punch. Said punch is the ability for developers to communicate with their device wirelessly while debugging new apps and versions, over Wi-Fi. It’s not something end users will ever see or necessarily appreciate, but it’s hard to understate how much it helps on the development side not to have to depend on a hardware tether anymore. Read More about Apple Issues Developer Updates for iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard Preview

Google Chrome Mac Developer Preview Works Like a Charm

Picture 22I still take it as a personal affront that Mac (s aapl) users have had to wait so long for a usable build of Google Chrome (s goog). Since I haven’t done any Windows-related work in a good while now, running Chrome was really my only reason for using any kind of OS virtualization. I barely even have cause to open MS Word anymore.

Finally, as Simon mentioned last week, we Apple fans have got a Chrome build near enough completion to get worked up about. It isn’t anywhere near a proper final build, but it does work well enough that I felt comfortable using it to compose this piece. It’s good enough for most web work that doesn’t involve using Flash (which is almost all of it, in my case, I’m realizing). Read More about Google Chrome Mac Developer Preview Works Like a Charm

Release Timeline for Snow Leopard Leaked

snowleopardIn case you were getting excited about Snow Leopard coming out anytime soon, or maybe holding off on a hardware purchase in anticipation of a WWDC ’09 release, you might be disappointed by the news that it likely won’t make it into the hands of consumers by that early June date. AppleInsider is reporting that the release schedule of the new Mac OS has many stages, the last of which won’t take place until two months after the Developer’s Conference.
What we will see June 8, if AppleInsider’s source is to be believed, is a major developer update to Snow Leopard that will be the first release to be “feature complete,” including all interface changes and functionality additions withheld from prior builds. In other words, they’ll be able to show off a product at WWDC that will look pretty much like what consumers will be getting two months later. Read More about Release Timeline for Snow Leopard Leaked