This is accomplished through a user interface that displays a grid of representative photos of men, arranged from nearest to farthest away.

Tapping on a picture will display a brief profile for that user, as well as the option to chat, send pictures, and share one's precise location.

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In January 2012, Grindr announced it was named the winner of Tech Crunch's 2011 Crunchies Award for Best Location Application at the Fifth Annual Crunchies Awards Ceremony in San Francisco at Davies Symphony Hall.

Separately, Grindr was crowned the winner of the 2012 i Date Awards in two of the 12 categories for Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology at the ninth annual Dating Industry & Internet Dating Conference in Miami.

In January 2012, a software vulnerability potentially exposed the personal details of hundreds of thousands of users.

Grindr subsequently commenced legal action and pursued software changes to block the site responsible.

) is a geosocial networking mobile app geared towards gay and bisexual men, designed by 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.

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 April 2012, Grindr announced that About.com's readers named Grindr the Best Dating App for the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, with 74 percent of readers choosing Grindr over Are You Interested, SKOUT, Tagged, Tingle and Zoosk.

In 2011, added the Best Dating App category, and out of all the nominees, Grindr is the only exclusively gay app to be nominated – not to mention the first gay app to win the title of Best Dating App.

In August 2013, Grindr released an updated version of the app which requires users to create an account.