Beyond The Swipe: Tinder Adds New Tappable Gestures

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Will dating apps soon be saying sayonara to the swipe? Tinder, the app often credited with popularizing the swipe gesture, has gotten an updated look and new navigation gestures to go with it.

“Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work refreshing the user experience,” said a company blog post. “Today, we’re excited to start rolling out a more seamless way to navigate Tinder for our users around the world.”

Tinder promises a new user experience that is both smarter and better looking. On the aesthetics front, the app now boasts a cleaner design and photos take up more real estate, extending all the way to the edges of the screen. Tinder calls the makeover “part of an ongoing effort to make our app as fun and attractive as the community it serves.”

In addition to the stylistic changes, Tinder also rolled out a new navigational experience designed to make it easier to move between photos and text. Swiping is so last year - now, users can move backward and forward between photos just by tapping. Tap the right side of the screen to view the next picture. Tap the left side of the screen to return to the previous photo. A tap on the bottom of a photo will open the user’s profile.

TechCrunch notes that the introduction of tappable gestures appears to be Tinder’s way of adopting the “Story” format that’s become so popular with social apps in recent years. First found on Snapchat, tappable photo and videos Stories have been embraced by everyone from Instagram to Facebook to Skype.

Tinder’s latest update also serves a purpose behind the scenes. Along with making the app more visually appealing and easier to use, the profiles’ new “edgeless” card design maximizes flexibility for future design changes.

“We re-engineered our card stack to allow us to inject our new design and continue to experiment going forward,” explained Tinder’s tech blog. “As a result, we are now able to iterate more rapidly while reducing the risk of introducing new bugs. Our new design helped pave the way for a completely new app architecture that would not only be valuable to Tinder, but also of interest to the iOS community."

Garo Hussenjian, Tinder’s iOS Architect & Engineering Manager, says the code is cleaner, the architecture is leaner, and the swipe experience is smoother with the current iteration of the app.

“As it all came together, we found that going back to the blueprint was a bold swipe in the right direction,” he concluded.

The user interface changes began rolling out to all users worldwide on July 18, 2017.