Tencent, a Chinese Internet company has launched it popular cross-platform mobile Social Messaging App – WeChat – in India. They have collaborated with ibibo (in which they have a minority stake) to bring WeChat in India.
WeChat Mobile app is available on nearly all major Mobile OSes including iOS, Android, Windows mobile as well as Symbian. Globally, WeChat has a community of over 100 million users and growing quite fast.
WeChat could be termed as rich messaging app that supports sending voice, video, photo and text messages. The app also supports group chatting and discovering people in close vicinity according to location data.
There are number of similar competing mobile apps like Whatsapp messenger, Talkbox, Kik, hike, Nimbuzz – however, WeChat offers many features than just a chat, which includes hold-to-talk voice messaging , location / contact sharing and others. We chat also sports features like ‘Shake’ and ‘Drift Bottle’ that allows users from any part of the world to build new connections.
Tencent’s head of International product center said, “WeChat is not just a simple instant messenger mobile app but it is actually a platform that intends to introduce a new communication style where users can connect with each other via interesting push-to talk voice messaging, video call, text and content. Our R&D is also working towards some more innovations for the app like how to use it while you are driving. Additionally we are also working towards India-specific social elements in WeChat, with localized content and functions to develop the local community”
Although, WeChat does have lot of competition, it offers far more features making it an all in one messaging and communication app for mobile users.
WeChat is a free app and can be downloaded on various platforms from here.