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In our earlier blog post Ten Popular Apps the Chinese Use (Part 1) we introduced 5 well known Chinese apps. Have you tried them out yet?
Here in Part 2, we continue to introduce 5 more apps that we hope you will find useful.
Most mobile phones have built-in cameras you can use for taking selfies. And to make the pictures even more beautiful, you can enhance the photos before you upload them. One of the most popular apps for enhancing photos right now is 美颜相机 měiyánxiàngjī.
The biggest reason for its popularity is the selfie function, which lets you easily take a photo of yourself with the tap of a button. The app has lots of color filters, and also more advanced filters such as automatically applying makeup or making your skin look more beautiful.
You can learn more about how to use BeautyCam in our earlier blog post Taking Photos.
优酷视频 (yōukùshìpín) is one of China's top online video and streaming service platforms. It’s similar to Youtube, and you can upload videos of any length. Youku's video library includes many full-length films as well as TV episodes. Viewers can watch these films for free on Youku, although they often have Chinese subtitles.
There are many other online video websites similar to Youku, such as iQiyi, Sohu, LeTv and V.QQ, but a lot of them can only be used in mainland China. If you are in China however, you can try them out to help improve your Chinese.
In our earlier blog post, we recommended some good Chinese TV programs suitable for practicing Chinese at different levels. If that sounds interesting, check it out at: Recommended Chinese Variety Shows.
If you like Chinese food, you can use 大众点评 (dàzhòngdiǎnpíng) to find a good restaurant. In the Dazhong Dianping App you will find information, ratings and user comments for many restaurants, especially in mainland China. The app also provides group coupons, delivery service, and online reservations. For many popular restaurants in China you have to line up to have dinner. With this app however, you can often choose to line up online, and receive a message when it's about to be your turn. This way you don’t have to go to the restaurant and wait for hours.
If you are looking for delivery service, you also can try 百度外卖 (bǎidùwàimài) or 饿了么 (èleme) to order food home. These apps are popular among office workers, because that way they don’t need to go out to have lunch, but can eat at the office instead and have more time for work.
Kugou Music (酷狗)
酷狗 (kùgǒu) is a music app similar to Spotify. A lot of the music in this app is free, but sometimes it can only be used in mainland China. In the app you will find a lot of Chinese songs, but also some of English, Japanese, and other songs. It also shows you the song lyrics while the song is playing.
If you like KTV, maybe 全民K歌 (quánmíngē) is suitable for you. There are a lot of karaoke tracks in this app, and you can record your own voice to the songs. If you upload your songs you can also share them with your friends via WeChat and QQ.
Sogou Pinyin Method (搜狗拼音输入法)
搜狗拼音输入法 (sōugǒupīnyīnshūrùfǎ) is a popular Chinese Pinyin input method which is available for the computer, Android and iOS. Sogou Pinyin provides features for customizing the dictionary, appearance and functionality. Sogou Pinyin's dictionary can be enriched by adding so-called cell dictionaries, which contain words from special fields, such as idol names, movie titles and buzz words. The appearance of Sogou Pinyin can be customized using skins and animations, so that you can express your individuality.
OK! Those are our top ten apps that Chinese people like to use! Did you find any apps you like?
I hope it helps you make your Chinese life a little more convenient.