Pedestrians pass a shop selling mobile phones in Beijing, April 1, 2007. The ubiquity of mobile apps was built on the popularity of smartphones, which signalled a new era when the Android operating system overtook Nokia’s Symbian in 2012. Photo: AFP

How a decade of smartphone apps changed the way people live, work and play in China

  • In China, users spent an average of 600 million cumulative hours watching short-form videos, according to the 2019 Internet Trend Report
  • Launched in 2011, WeChat started out as a messaging app like WhatsApp and Line but quickly grew into a super-app
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Pedestrians pass a shop selling mobile phones in Beijing, April 1, 2007. The ubiquity of mobile apps was built on the popularity of smartphones, which signalled a new era when the Android operating system overtook Nokia’s Symbian in 2012. Photo: AFP
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Coco Feng

Coco Feng

Coco Feng is a Beijing-based technology reporter at the Post. Previously, she worked for the BBC and Caixin Global in the capital city, covering health care, consumers and entertainment.

Minghe Hu

Minghe Hu

Minghe Hu is a reporter for the South China Morning Post covering technology. She is based in Beijing.