China's ubiquitous WeChat social media platform has crossed the one billion accounts mark as its messaging, game and shopping services attract more and more users. The symbolic threshold was announced by Pony Ma, the chief executive of its parent company Tencent, on the sidelines of China's parliamentary session yesterday. The all-in-one app, known as Weixin
Over a decade ago, the process of chatting with your online friends was simple. Switch on your computer, and wait for your favorite instant messaging service Yahoo Messenger or MSN Messenger to start in the background and then initiate conversation with your friends. The communication didn't happen instantaneously but there was a joy in talking
Internet titans Google and Tencent today signalled possible future collaboration on developing new technologies as the US and Chinese firms announced a long-term patent-sharing agreement. The companies gave no details on the scope or nature of the potential cooperation but said in a joint statement that they "are open to deeper collaboration in the future
Apple and Tencent have reached a settlement on the tipping feature available on Chinese company's WeChat app. Apple will now allow its customers in China to tip content creators using WeChat. The move comes after the Cupertino-based company briefly blocked the feature and demanded 30 percent of the revenue from donations. Apple collects 30 percent
It s been long rumored that WhatsApp is working on adding a payment feature. However, the precise launch day has remained a mystery. Although there's no official word on the precise launch date, a report online claims that the feature could be rolled out as early as next month. In the past few months, traces
Resolving its long standing issues with Tencent, the owner of WeChat, Apple has now allowed the social platform to send tips over the popular messaging app. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, WeChat creator Allen Zhang revealed Apple and China-based multinational conglomerate Tencent have reached an agreement over tips. "In the past,
There is a list of apps that the Indian government thinks you need to uninstall. On both Android and iOS, the government has found a total of 42 apps, that may be affected by Chinese spyware . WeChat, TrueCaller, UC Browser, Mi Community, Mi Store, Mi Video call, BeautyPlus, are among apps in the list.
Reacting to reports that the Indian security establishment asked troops to delete some 40 Chinese mobile apps, including the leading communication app Truecaller, to avoid a possible cyber attack, the company on Thursday denied any foul play on its part. According to reports, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in an November 24 advisory asked troops to
Popular Chinese apps like Truecaller, Shareit, WeChat, Weibo, and others have invited the wrath of the Indian government as political tensions between both countries escalate. An advisory issued by the Home Ministry has reportedly warned all defense personnel of a potential cyber attack from Chinese hackers. The armed forces have been ordered to uninstall 42
Chinese internet companies continue their global march as Tencent crosses $500 billion in valuation after two decades of existence. The internet giant becomes the first Chinese firm to achieve this feat, surging ahead of e-commerce major Alibaba that is valued at $474 billion. Tencent also joins an august league of internet companies in the "half-a-trillion-dollar
We might be very close to getting a payments option in WhatsApp. There's been considerable buzz surrounding the feature that the messaging giant has been working on for months, and now in a month or two, it could roll it out. The final testing phase is on, and WhatsApp Pay would likely see a December launch, FactorDaily reports. India would be the first to get the new feature. And why not? With 200 million-plus daily users, it is WhatsApp's largest market in the world.
Following an agreement between Apple and Chinese company Tencent, the US-based company will allow payments through WeChat, one of the most popular payment systems in China, for its App Store and Apple Music. The agreement, signed on Tuesday, will allow Apple users to buy applications and stream music online using the link between the accounts on Apple's App Store and WeChat, owned by Tencent.
Paytm launched its digital gifting product, Postcard, on Raksha Bandhan earlier this month and has now rebranded it as Lifafa (envelope in Hindi). This comes soon after India Post government-operated postal system sent a notice to the digital wallet provider that it had the sole right to use the word postcard under the IPO Act. "The usage of the word Postcard is an infringement of the terms and conditions of the provisions of rules and guidelines," the India Post notice stated. Adhering to the laws, Paytm has now decided to call it Lifafa.
While Facebook continues to be blocked in China, WhatsApp had been allowed until now. But reports suggest that the Chinese government is now clamping down on the messaging service as well. Users have experienced trouble sending photos, videos and even text messages, NYT reports. Security analysts have told the publication that this could be the start of a complete ban on WhatsApp that competes with WeChat (owned by Chinese internet and telecom giant Tencent).
It is the era of instant messaging and the latest to join the race is Amazon. The e-commerce giant is working on a standalone messaging app called Anytime, according to a report in AFTV News. The company has started to survey its customers for developing potential features of the app. The service is likely to be an encrypted one and will be available on both desktop and mobile devices. It will allow people to do a world of activities with just their username as identity.
Messaging apps are meant to help us communicate. And an effective messaging platform is one that allows you to continue with your conversation irrespective of which device you're on - mobile, laptop, desktop or tablet. We've looked at quite a few messaging apps that let you switch between devices and continue your conversations. Here are our top 7 apps.
WhatsApp has primarily been used as a way to stay connected, but over a period of time, the instant messenger has taken on multiple roles. A lot of businesses now rely on WhatsApp to promote their offerings or even, to stay connected with buyers. There are groups on WhatsApp for official conversations among colleagues, wedding invites are now sent over WhatsApp, and much more. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that WhatsApp is now a preferred platform among users to get their daily news quota.
A lot of us use a single account for our favorite instant messaging and social networking apps. But there are some who have multiple social media accounts, and find it difficult to run them on their Android smartphones. Apps like Twitter and Instagram allow you to configure your personal and work accounts, and seamlessly switch between them. However, it is not possible to register two different WhatsApp and Facebook accounts on all smartphones.
China's popular instant messaging app WeChat has launched a new feature that warns users if a news item circulating on its accounts is false. The feature will notify users if a piece of news that they have received is deemed fake by Chinese censors, police or official media outlets, reports Efe news.