Badoo - Meet New People
Tested version: 1.11.0
Latest version: 2.16.2
Requires Android: from 2.1
WTF is Badoo? This is what some of you might be thinking. I didn't know anything about this social network up until two weeks ago, either. If you're curious, read on, because we've tested Badoo - Meet New People for you.
Today's review was written by Thomas—thanks!
Features & Use
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android Version: 4.0.4
Modifications: Yes / AOKP ROM Build 38 / Popcorn Kernel 10.2 Nightly
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Android version: 4.0.4 / 3.2
Modifications: Yes / AOKP ROM Build 36
Runs as of: Android 1.6
Apps2SD: Couldn't be detected on either device
Size: Ca. 9 MB
Optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich: No
Tablet optimized: No, but runs well
Most of them make sense, but I could't work out why Badoo - Meet New People needs to be able to access contact data and messages. While I haven't found that these permissions are being misused, I would urge the Baddo devs to strike these permissions from the list.
I asked around and most of my colleagues, friends and acquaintances aren't familiar with Badoo, which, by the way, has over 150 million members, which is by no means a small network, especially when you consider that MySpace now only has 63 million registered users.
So what's Badoo - Meet New People all about? Well, it can't really be compared to Facebook or Google+. The Badoo key feature reads: meet new people. You start off by filling out your profile, paying special attention to adding details regarding what your interests are. It also makes sense to let others know what you're looking for, i.e. chatting, meeting someone, going for drinks, etc.
The Badoo concept is that rather than target search for people, a list of other users in your vicinity is displayed. You can see what other Badoo members are interested in, and if your interests overlap you can chat or meet up with a person.
In other words, Badoo is a cross between a chat platform and online dating. The advantage over traditional dating websites is that the Badoo atmosphere is a lot more laid back, seeing as not all users sign up looking to hook up, so to speak. Many users are simply looking to make new friends or people who share the same hobbies in their area.
Here's a look at the the features that can be accessed via the app:
- People Nearby
- Encounters: Similar to “Hot or Not”; filter people you'd potentially like to meet using their photos
- Messages: PMs and chats
- Your Visitors: Oh yes, it's stalker time! You can check up on who's been looking at your profile
- You Like: The people you liked from Encounters
- Like You: People who selected you
- Mutual: Successful encounters merge here
Categories can be accessed via their icons in the main menu. That's about all there is to say. The app is great for Badoo users who want to stay in the loop when they're on the go or not in the mood for sitting in front of their computers. The whole thing works great, except for push notifications which can sometimes be really tardy, which is irritating.
Needless to say that everyone has to decide for themselves if Badoo - Meet New People is their thing or not, as well as for which purposes they want to join the network.
Badoo can't be compared with Facebook and the like, it's a unique kind of social network, which is definitely fun, although it could do with a few more features. I especially like the “People Nearby” feature.
The widget is a great bonus but the live wallpaper lags.
Screen & Controls
Badoo - Meet New People is easy to navigate and well structured. It won't blow your mind design wise, but it is perfectly decent to look at.
Speed & Stability
A pretty steady performance from Badoo - Meet New People in this department. It takes a moment or two to download via internet.
Badoo - Meet New People is free of charge and can be found in Google Play.
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