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Lovely apps for mobile lovers

QIXI Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day, falls tomorrow. Still no plans? Maybe it's time to check your phone, regardless of whether it's an iPhone, HTC or Samsung model with Android.

Even if you already have plans like going to the cinema or having a romantic dinner with your significant other, smartphone applications may make the day extra special.

Shanghai Daily recommends some applications - most are free although some cost a few US dollars.

Start the day with the Qixi Festival versions of popular mobile games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Young women always like Angry Birds.

Applications like Voice Valentines on iPhone or Valentine's Day Ideas for Android phones allow you to send an e-card to that special someone. Both apps also give suggestions on how to spend the special day and love poems in English.

Douban Films gives you the latest films playing in cinemas along with reviews while Dianping ensures you to find the best restaurants and bars. Hotel Seeker (Jiu Dian Guan Jia), available both on iPhone and Android, is the best economy hotel-seeking application I have ever seen.

There's also an application called iKamasutra, which provides more than 100 different sexual positions for those looking to spend the night sliding between the sheets.

For gift ideas, you can visit a Taobao application, which is developed by China's biggest online auction website. If you plan on popping the big question tomorrow night, check out the Tiffany Engagement Ring Finder application.

For single women and men looking to make new friends, they can install the application Jiayuan to look for potential connections. Jiayuan members are all aged 17 or more and the site has verified their identities.

Last but not at least, all applications can be used in iOS (for iPhone and iPad) or Android devices, which provides people great mobility.

Tiffany Ring Finder

Language: Chinese/English

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

Developer: Tiffany Company

A Tiffany engagement ring will melt the hearts of most women. The application allows people to browse styles, view actual carat weights, determine ring size and provides recommendation price besides.

It helps men who are not familiar with the ins-and-outs of buying a ring and women usually enjoy browsing the pictures of rings.

Voice Valentines

Language: English

Platform: iOS

Price: US$1.99

Developer: Bottle Rocket

It's a professional e-card application with sound, which allows users to send Chinese Valentine's Day wishes through a design, photo and voice message.

Hotel Seeker (Jiu Dian Guan Jia)

Language: Chinese

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Developer: Shenzhen Aotian

This helps people quickly find a nearby economy hotel. It's best for lovers who have a strict budget and are not in the market for four and five-star hotels. The application also features real time information on room prices and the number of available rooms.


Language: English

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: US$2.99

Developer: Naim Cesur

This is the application for wild lovers.

It includes 110 of the most popular sexual positions to motivate and inspire you in nine categories. The app also provides a list of questions. Once you complete the test, it tells you whether you are a novice or a master at sex.


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