Owning the latest smartphone may be trendy, but will not make you smart unless you download useful mobile applications. As Singapore becomes a hub for mobile app development, there are apps created for almost every need, from transport and food delivery to shopping and weather forecasts. Here are several noteworthy apps created locally that may be useful when living or travelling in Singapore.
If you rely on public buses to get around in Singapore, you may have heard of SG Buses, which is a relatively accurate and reliable app to know when the next bus is arriving. More recently, there is another app created for the same function and more. Developed by local mobile app development firm Originally US, SG BusLeh boasts a newer and faster interface than SG Buses. With just a tap of the bus stop’s name, you can view up to three estimated arrival timings of your bus, as well as its space availability. Tapping further on the bus number will show you the bus’s current location, based on real-time data obtained from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore. This time-saving app is available for both android and iOS devices.
Burpple is an app designed for hungry users to hunt for restaurants in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur by location, price level and type of cuisine. The online marketplace hosts both restaurant owners who provide menu recommendations, as well as customers who review the various restaurants for their service and food quality. The app was developed by Singaporeans Dixon Chan, Elisha Ong and Daniel Hum in December 2011, and has received an estimated US$6 million (S$8.45 million) in investments to expand to other Asian cities. The app includs Burpple Beyond, a paid membership for users to enjoy one-for-one deals and other savings at partner restaurants, cafés and bars in Singapore.
One of the most successful e-commerce apps, Carousell was developed by four graduates from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2012. The web-based marketplace allows consumers to buy and sell their unused or secondhand goods at zero cost. It is based on a trust system where users arrange transactions on their own and leave feedback for each other when deals are made. The app has been hugely popular in Singapore, as well as in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and Taiwan.
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