100,000,000 - 500,000,000 downloads
- Multiplatform (also iOS, Windows and Symbian)
- Additional features and voice calls
- It needs a stronger customer base outside Asia
A powerful messaging service.
Here's one of the major players in the messaging board, and indeed one of the strongest alternatives if your current service is about to expire. Of course, you'll have to win your friends over. WeChat is backed by Tencent, which is one of the largest Internet providers worldwide.
Along any usual multiplatform messaging features as texts, images and videos over your data plan or wifi, WeChat allows voice messages and voice and video calls. In addition, there are a zillion animated smileys available, and a fun walkie-talkie mode, which might be useful under certain circumstances. Supports all usual languages and Facebook Connect option.
Therefore, WeChat may be your best alternative. However, how will you bring your friends is another kettle of fish, though perhaps it's time to ponder the benefits of having more than one messaging app installed at once.
WHY USE WECHAT:
•ALWAYS FREE: No annual subscription fee. Absolutely free for life.
•FREE VOICE & VIDEO CALLS: High-quality free calls to anywhere in the world.
•GROUP CHAT: Create group chats with up to 100 people.
•MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING: Send video, image, text, and voice messages.
•STICKER GALLERY: Hundreds of free, fun, animated stickers to express your feelings from some of your favorite cartoons and movies.
•MOMENTS: Share your best moments on your personal photo stream.
•BETTER PRIVACY: WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It’s the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.
•MEET NEW FRIENDS: Use “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby” and “Shake” to meet others.
•ADDICTIVE GAMES: Compete with your friends on some of the hottest games.
•REALTIME LOCATION: Instead of having to tell others where you are, just use real-time location sharing.
•LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language.
•AND MORE: Desktop app, custom wallpaper, custom notifications, group walkie-talkie, official accounts.
What's New in WeChat v6.1
- Improved sound quality for audio and video calls
- Minor bug fixes
- - Know where you approximately are.
- - Know exactly where you are. It uses GPS.
- - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
- - Access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- - Act as an AccountAuthenticator.
- - Use Bluetooth to connect to a paired device.
- - Track nearly Bluetooth devices and pair them with yours.
- - Broadcast sticky intents, thus allowing quick data retrieval held by the system.
- - Be able to access the camera device.
- - Change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
- - Have access to the list of accounts linked to your device.
- - Find out how much space is used by any package.
- - Get info about the currently running tasks.
- - Send and receive internet info.
- - Manage the list of accounts linked to your device.
- - Modify audio settings.
- - Read your contact data.
- - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
- - Read phone state. Used to know whether you're in a call or not.
- - android.permission.READ_PROFILE
- - To read SMS.
- - Read the sync settings.
- - Know if the system has finished booting.
- - Record audio.
- - Open windows on top of all other applications.
- - Use the vibrator.
- - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
- - Write, but not read unless allowed by another permission, your contacts data.
- - Write whatever to your SD card.
- - Read or write the system settings.
- - Change the sync settings.
- - com.android.launcher.permission.INSTALL_SHORTCUT
- - com.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
- - com.android.launcher.permission.UNINSTALL_SHORTCUT
- - Sell digital goods through in-app purchase.
- - com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
- - com.tencent.mm.ext.permission.READ
- - com.tencent.mm.ext.permission.WRITE
- - com.tencent.mm.location.permission.SEND_VIEW
- - com.tencent.mm.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
- - com.tencent.mm.permission.MM_MESSAGE
- - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.READ
- - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.SEND
- - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.WRITE
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It is a necessary app for Chinese to have since almost every Chinese use this app in different Chinese communities. The easiest and quickest way to communicate with others. However, there is no way to upload video on the share discover.
Wechat is a very good app but I think in sometime this new app which has the amazing chat features of whatsapp, snapchat and wechat will take over the market very soon! Btw Photo4tune is also available for download on Playstore!
No incoming call ring tone on receiving video calls, only on voice calls. Please bring back Pencil Pilot, you removed because the game was free? Nice to see + buttons better arranged as I suggested long ago. Please bring back video sharing, not only sights. Please answer, thank you.
I like it but sometimes videocall is not working well