Released by Chinese web giant Tencent in 2011, WeChat is the largest standalone messaging app in the world by monthly users, with more than 500 million people, primarily in China, using the app on a regular basis. Originally confined to text messaging, WeChat has grown into an app platform, with gaming, payment, and social networking functions.
Users of China's most-popular real-time messaging service WeChat are allegedly being blocked from transferring money in amounts related to the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.Thursday, 4 June, 2015, 9:21pm 3 comments
China’s burgeoning number of Internet users and rapid increase in online shopping are creating new opportunities for online payment platforms.12 May 2015 - 12:48pm
A company that provides cinema ticket sales for WeChat, the most popular mobile messaging app in China, has closed a US$105 million series B funding round.
Investors in WePiao include WeChat parent Tencent and real estate firm Wanda Group, as well as a number of other companies.29 Apr 2015 - 2:39pm
Messaging app Whatsapp and file sharing tool Dropbox are the most popular remote working tools among Hong Kong workers, according to a global survey on remote working habits.
More than 90 per cent of 365 workers in the city surveyed by serviced office firm Regus reported using Whatsapp when working outside the office, while Dropbox was used by 72 per cent.21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am
Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments
I haven't written about Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) in a while, mostly because the company hasn't made any concrete moves into China lately despite previous assertions that it would like to enter the market.21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am 3 comments
Facebook will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for US$19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world’s largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am 6 comments
Asian chat services KakaoTalk, Line and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com Facebook and telecommunications carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.20 Feb 2014 - 12:56am
Things have certainly changed over the last 3 years in Lunar New Year messaging, as reflected by the flood of tech executives using their microblogs to weigh in on Tencent's (HKEx: 700) launch of a6 Feb 2014 - 2:01pm
While millions of internet-savvy Chinese mainlanders benefit from escalating competition between two rapidly-growing taxi mobile applications fighting for dominance in the market, those without smartphones have found hailing a taxi in the street more difficult than ever.30 Jan 2014 - 3:46pm
Could the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes with cash inside as gifts go digital during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday? That is what the new feature on Tencent’s flagship messaging mobile application WeChat, a “red envelope" add-on which went viral this weekend, aims to do.27 Jan 2014 - 6:21pm
Move aside Facebook and Skype. Asian social networks, already hugely popular on their continent, have set their sights on Europe where they could prove stiff competition for their US rivals.29 Sep 2013 - 1:33pm 1 comment
Chinese WeChat users addicted to a new airplane game included in the mobile social network’s newest iteration are now finding themselves in hospital with severe cases of “gamer’s thumb.”12 Sep 2013 - 5:52pm 1 comment
The app boasts several new payment services, including an emoticon 'sticker store' where users can pay to download graphical images to attach to their messages.6 Aug 2013 - 5:07am
The mainland's leading smartphone messaging application, WeChat, owned by internet giant Tencent Holdings, went down for several hours yesterday morning after two optical cables were severed by a road construction team.23 Jul 2013 - 6:48am