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Grindr was the first gay geosocial app to launch in the i Tunes App Store and has since become the largest and most popular gay mobile app community in the world. Though based in the United States, the app quickly gained worldwide popularity through word of mouth and various media outlets.On June 18, 2012, Grindr announced that it had officially hit 4 million users in 192 countries across the globe.In August 2013, Grindr released an updated version of the app which requires users to create an account.Grindr says this was done to reduce spam and improve portability.Grindr is a geosocial networking mobile app geared towards gay and bisexual men, designed to help them meet other men in their area. Available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Grindr comes in both free and subscription-based versions (the latter called Grindr Xtra).The app makes use of a mobile device's geolocation, a feature of smart phones and other devices, which allows users to locate other users who are nearby.
Additionally, Grindr Xtra contains features such as loading up to 300 users at once, unlimited blocking of other users and quickly swiping between profiles.The Android version of Grindr has a substantial number of negative reviews stemming from unresolved issues, but has increased to a 3.5 star rating, as of January 2015.In August 2013, Grindr released an update that requires users to verify their accounts by providing a valid email address and creating a password to resolve user issues.Additionally, both Grindr and Blendr were selected as Official Honorees of the 2012 Webby Awards for award-winning work in the Social (handheld devices) category.Out of nearly 10,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded only to the top 15% of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.
Grindr has been criticised for not taking sufficient action to prevent the display of offensive, racist, and homophobic language by some users.