Best Singaporean Apps

These homegrown mobile applications are putting Singapore on the world map.

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These homegrown mobile applications are putting Singapore on the world map. 
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PAKTOR

If you’re a Singaporean, you should be able to guess what this app is about. For newcomers, “paktor” is the Hokkien word for dating. Yes, it’s like Tinder – but when it comes to scoring perfect dates, why limit yourself to just one app, right? Besides, Paktor is focused on matchmaking across Asia. Launched in 2013, the eponymous company based in Singapore has since amassed over six million users across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea. Upon approval Please sign: Name and Date: Good luck!

FREE, AVAILABLE FOR IOS AND ANDROID.

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BURPPLE

You know the awkwardness. You’re out with your friends, and you can’t remember the best cafes and restaurants in the area. Enter the app that’s a cross between blogging and Instagram for foodies in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Launched in 2012, the company now boasts over four million users across its mobile app, web app and website. It’s a social platform that’s the perfect place to post food photos, discover places to eat and decide what to order (including hawker food).

FREE, AVAILABLE FOR IOS, ANDROID AND WINDOWS PHONES

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CHOPE

Named after the Singlish slang word for reserving a place (such as a seat at the hawker centre, usually by placing a packet of tissue on it), this app lets you book tables – around the clock – from its sizable list of partner restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Started in 2011 – inspired by Opentable, a similar service in the US – the platform amassed one million users within a year of its launch. It uses real-time information, so you instantly know if your booking is successful or not. Tissues not included.

FREE, AVAILABLE FOR IOS AND ANDROID

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CAROUSELL

Now established as the go-to mobile marketplace in Singapore, Carousell boasts over 26 million listings and eight million transactions since its launch in 2012. It’s popular for a reason: An easy-to-use app means putting up your items for sale doesn’t take up your day. Ironically, the downside is you have to do most of the delivery and pick up. The company has expanded to Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the US, and earlier this year rolled out a feature similar to Facebook groups, which lets you keep in touch with other users of similar interests.

FREE, AVAILABLE ON IOS AND ANDROID

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REDMART

Grocery shopping has never been easier. With at least 30,000 products to choose from – which includes items from 400 local independent sellers – Redmart makes it really simple to shop for groceries on the go. Launch the app, make your selection, and your order gets sent right to your doorstep. How does a local grocery delivery service fly the Singapore flag overseas? Well, the company is set for regional expansion in 2016, aiming to include nonperishable products – with its sights on becoming Asia’s Amazon.com.

FREE, AVAILABLE ON IOS AND ANDROID