From messaging to social media to a marketplace to browsing the internet, WeChat is the app the does everything. While Western companies and app developers race to unbundle their services into efficient single-purpose apps, WeChat continues to add feature after feature.
Despite mockery from the West, people actually use QR Codes in China. Between 2012 and 2013, usage increased by four times – for everything from corporate marketing to personal bank transfers. And now, one Israel-based company is allowing people to personalise their own.
The explosion of interest in mobile messaging platforms has prompted heated competition to secure the largest and most loyal global user base. From LINE’s stickers to WeChat’s partnership with Lionel Messi, there’s a race to innovate, and fast.
Has social media killed the art of conversation for teens? Not according to author, social media expert and youth researcher danah boyd - who says it's "nothing more than a release valve to changes that have happened in the real world." We caught up with her to learn more.
Chinese college students have built a small business selling fruit on WeChat. After receiving an order through the app, the Weiguofang team delivers fruit directly to the customer’s immediate location, and payment is collected.
China’s most popular messaging app WeChat has launched a “wealth” section called Licaitong where people can store their savings in a monetary fund. The app, which is owned by Tencent, received $130 million in deposits on the first day.
From the viral popularity of 'kaomojis' like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ or the fact that messaging app LINE made $17 million from stickers in the first quarter of 2013 alone, people have grown accustomed to depicting their emotions with images. But what if you could use your own face to do it?
Samba is a video messaging app that automatically records people’s reactions to what they’ve just been sent. With online and mobile conversations gradually becoming more like real-life interactions, people are seeking reassurance from their peers that they fit in.
As young people flock to WhatsApp, LINE and other chat apps, Facebook struggles to stay relevant. In response, it's created better emoticons – called Stickers – that are part of a deeper shift towards pictures as a primary way to communicate.