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Around the offices of Android Police, we go through a lot of apps. We're talking hundreds or even thousands every week, to bring you the best in our app and game roundups or (if they're good enough) individual posts. Before every major holiday, we are inundated with more themed applications than we know what to do with. And to be honest, most of them are terrible. But we've found four Valentine's apps that are bearable, even interesting. So put on your white sportcoat and pink carnation and download a few, if the holiday spirit moves you.

Rebtel Re:Beat

Rebtel is an otherwise unremarkable VOIP service, offering the usual cheap international calls and the like. Which is why we're kind of surprised to see an original app, Rebtel Re:Beat, come from the same company. The app replicates a pulse oximeter (that little clip the doctor puts on your finger) with your phone's camera, then measures your heartbeat and replicates it with the phone's vibration function. It's like holding a tiny, plastic heart in your hand. Cool, and somewhat creepy - feeling the vibrations in your hand has a definite serial killer vibe. Naturally you can share it with whomever you wish, via Twitter, Facebook or old-fashioned email.

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Experience the first app that lets you record and send your digital heartbeat to someone dear to you as the ultimate declaration of love. It’s a new and ingenious way of saying 'I love you'. If you to do something more personal than a card, a box of chocolates or a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day, look no further. Record your pulse with Rebtel Re:Beat by simply placing the tip of your index finger on your phone's camera, or by tapping the screen. The result is a warm animation, with sound and vibration in sync with your every loving heartbeat.

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Heart Collage

Feeling more like a photographer than a stalker? Then Heart Collage might be more your style. This app instructs you to take eight separate self-shots in various poses, then stitches them together into a heart shape. Stick your phone on a shelf ,and the app helps you align your body to the necessary shape. Sharing to various social networks (including Google+) is included, and developer Square Island gets brownie points for a Holo interface.

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This fun app shows you how to pose for each part, snaps the shots one by one, and stitch them all together into a heart mosaic. Just prop it on a shelf, start the timer, and keep on posing. It's your portable photo booth for fun collages! Get creative. Pose with your arms, hands, fingers, get the cat in it too! How about lying on grass for a nice green background?

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Love Letters Pro Live Wallpaper

Joko Interactive makes some great live wallpapers, including the popular Light Grid and Paperland. Their Valentine's Day entry is a simple screensaver-style live wallpaper with scrolling shapes, text, squiggles and what have you. There are plenty of options for customization, as you'd expect from their other apps. The app is $1.

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The perfect Valentine's Day live wallpaper! Romantic imagery and phrases hand-drawn across your screen! Choose how much is drawn at a time, how fast, and what colors to use.

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Love Is In The Air Live Wallpaper

This one might work best if you can steal your intended's phone for a few seconds (or a few more, and change their ringtone to the Barry White Song). It's a simple Valentine's theme with some animated background elements, plus customization with the names of your choice. The $1 Pro version allows for a slightly busier wallpaper with more animated elements at once.

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This Valentine Season Why Not Splash Your Device Screens With Your Love? Thinking How? This Live Wall Paper here is what we made just for you! Customize It To Show You & Your Valentine's Name, or leave cute notes for your partner on their homescreen. Customize the complete Scene to achieve your desired effect.

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[Update] Honorable Mention - Avocado

It's not a new app, but commenter Juan Rodriguez recommended Avocado, and we tend to agree. It's the best known among a new crop of private messengers, designed to allow a couple to discretely share whatever they want. (The name comes from the fact that avocado trees grow in pairs, and only fruit when near others.) There's a lot of security - you and your partner will have to create a shared password - and more than the usual messaging functions, like a shared calendar and to-do list. Oh, and photo sharing. I'm sure you could think of something to do with that.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • RedPandaAlex

    Heart Collage seemed like a fun idea, but they need to expand it to other shapes too. Should be really easy.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      On the Play Store page, they say they'll be adding new shapes.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I know the developer of Heart Collage, she showed the app to me back in December at AnDevCon. I asked her that very same question and she told me that there are several new shapes coming in some future updates. I won't blow the surprise by saying what any of them are, but there are some cool ones I wouldn't have thought of.

      I can't speak for her, but I think she wanted to release the app exclusively with the heart shape to make sure it fit in with the upcoming Valentine's Day rather than making the heart a seem like an afterthought.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I downloaded Avocado now that it's on Android. I haven't paid for the Unlimited option yet (Not sure if we'll continue to use it) but she did really love the "send a hug" feature, so it's worth mentioning if only for that :P

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nice one.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E
  • aatifsumar

    Uhh. No roundup is complete without mentioning Pair. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tenthbit.juliet)

  • GraveUypo

    re:beat got me curious on how it detected the heart beat. i found out it's by the variance of light that gets through the finger because of different oxygen levels on the blood. i was still confused, as one would think that blocking the camera with your finger would make block so much light the camera wouldn't be able to see anything with it's low sensitivity to low levels of light. bs. i ran the camera app, turned on the flash (it's night and im in a pretty dark room after all) and started recording. you can CLEARLY see your pulse. it's weird :O
    you can actually see it even with the flash off, just by puting your finger against the computer screen. yay subsurface light scattering.