The app targets Muslim men and women who want to socialize privately. The creators of the app developed it due to a shortage of dating options for Muslims. Users can view images and other profile information for other users. You can then swipe the phone screen left to reject and right to like a person. It has a swiping pattern similar to a lot of other dating apps. Users swipe left to reject and right to like a person.
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In the past couple of years, a handful of locally developed mobile dating applications have surfaced, promising solutions for lonely hearts with a simple swipe of the finger. The latest such app to hit smartphones has its eye on a niche clientele - Muslim singles.
It is currently available only for iPhone users, but an Android version will be rolled out by next month. He says: "Most of them are not the sociable type and making new friends of the opposite sex is a big challenge.
Using such an app provides a convenient way for them to get to know others in confidence. Mr Zuraimie adds that there is no official body to help matchmake Muslim singles, although some mosques provide a safe environment to help singles find potential life partners.
According to the latest figures published by the Department of Statistics Singapore, the proportion of singles among ethnic Malays has been on the rise. In For females, that figure rose from 27 per cent in to For ethnic Malay men aged 30 to 34, the percentage of singles jumped from For women, the edged up from One app, Paktor, launched in June last year, has "grown exponentially in the last few months" and now boasts a seven-figure membership base, co-founder Joseph Phua, 30, reveals.
Love Out Loud Asia Lolalaunched last November, claims to have successfully matched more than 10, singles to date.
Mr Kenneth Lim, 28, one of the co-founders, believes there is "proven commercial value in creating niche dating sites". He adds: "We're also constantly exploring opportunities to create niche services that cater to specific demographics as well. But for now, our top priority is to have laser focus on effectively serving a particular segment we label as 'serious daters'.
Lola offers only one match a day to users as it caters to those who genuinely want a long-term relationship. You can choose to like or dislike the person on your phone by swiping the phone screen left or right. For a fee, one can also find out which users have "liked" them, even if there is no match.
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Ms Lydia Gan, 40, owner of 8, member dating agency Clique Wise and Love Again, which offers relationship coaching, says the app will appeal to a younger generation looking for serious relationships. But the former president and current member of the Association of Dating Agencies and Matchmakers adds that with online dating, whether through websites or mobile phone apps, precautions should be taken.
You can still be a friend, so keep a positive mindset," she advises.
The plus point is getting a per cent match with a local Malay or Muslim guy with every single swipe. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
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