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
Topic |   Apps
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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