Asia's tech leaders say they can’t live without these apps

We asked some of China’s top tech players which apps and smartphones they can’t live without. Some of their answers may surprise you.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 January, 2018, 6:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 January, 2018, 6:00am

Most people can’t imagine spending a day without using their phone and one of the many apps it holds. Asia’s tech CEOs are no different. We wanted to find out which apps and smartphones they can’t live without and why, so our team of tech reporters reached out to some players in China’s tech scene to find out. Some are the usual suspects: An iPhone or Dropbox. But others, like QQ Music, were new to us.

Tak Lo

Tak Lo
managing partner at, Hong Kong/Asia's first AI accelerator

“I write and blog a lot, and my content is posted on this platform. Also a lot of original content is here, and it makes for great original reading.”

“My favourite money transfer app. As a digital nomad, I can move money fairly painless across borders"
Victoria Yao

Victoria Yao
co-founder and COO of Outingman, a start-up providing boy&girl scout and adult outdoor training

“This Chinese app allows users to make GIFs, or easily shareable videos, to share with family and friends.”

Rookie Cam
“Rookie Cam lets users filter their photos with a range of different settings. It's a great addition for your iPhone’s built-in camera app.”
Richard Hansen


Richard Hansen
Jobable CEO, an online recruiting site powered by artificial intelligence

“It's basically a to-do list platform which you can use between your mobile and desktop, it syncs automatically.”

“Whenever I need access to my desktop files while I'm on the go, I can always refer to them on the [cloud storage service] app Dropbox.”

“It's an app that provides you bite-sized summaries of books that you can listen to, and it's fantastic.”
Da Hongfei

Da Hongfei
founder of NEO crypto currency

Samsung S8+
“I love my Samsung Galaxy S8+. Now that I’ve got used to dual sim, I could never live without it. Especially because I travel so much.” Does Apple ever tempt him back? “ No, I need more control over the system.”
Wang Shimu


Wang Shimu
Vice President of NetEase Music arm

iPhone 8 Plus and Oppo R11
“I need to constantly test out our own apps’ user experience across both Android and iOS systems, so I need two phones.”
Nishant Sharma


Nishant Sharma
Marketing manager at Bitmain, the world's largest bitcoin miner

QQ Music
“It’s underrated. You can download several tracks in not only high definition but if you pay a small VIP membership fee, you can get studio quality tracks. You can listen to music for free without having to listen to ads, unlike music apps in the West.”
Additional reporting by Zen Soo, Meng Jing, Sarah Dai and Amanda Lee.