Hinge has announced it will soon be launching new audio features to assist self-expression and user discovery, to ultimately forge stronger connections.
The first update is ‘Voice Prompts’. Users can add questions to their profiles and then record 30-second audio answers to give a better indication of their personality. Hinge was one of the first dating apps to add a ‘Prompt’ feature, but up until now it has only supported written answers.
Secondly, ‘Voice Notes’ are coming, which will work in the same way that they do on other social media platforms. They will support more intimate and meaningful conversations between new matches.
Both new features are due to be released this autumn and will be immediately available to all users around the world.
Internal research found that 65% of Hinge users believe that hearing someone’s voice helps them determine interest in a match. Assessing chemistry is currently the hardest part of modern dating, according to 75% of respondents.
In addition to these audio updates, Hinge is also adding a new inclusivity option for the LGBTQ community. It is going to add a non-binary gender option, to ensure non-binary daters are being respected by the app and shown to the most appropriate daters.
All of these features are the first round of updates from Hinge’s new Chief Product Officer Michelle Parsons, who joined in the summer.
At the time of her appointment, Parsons said in a statement: “Our product team has a huge opportunity to drive fresh innovation, not only within our app experience, but also to lead the industry as a whole.”
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