India!.. Is apparently where all the WeChat users are outside of China. The latest news announced that the now ubiquitous messaging app from the Middle Kingdom is expanding abroad.
WeChat in the world
It turns out that there are over 50 million people using WeChat outside of the mainland. The official numbers from WeChat creators, Tencent show this recent rise in numbers from 40 million at the last count.
Although this is a healthy growth for the messaging service, it is facing tough competition from other young and emerging similar services.
Indeed, Whatsapp still holds prime position as the international messaging app with over 200 million users registered from all over the world. Furthermore, Japan's Line has an approximate number of 105 million users outside of its home country (where there already are 150 million users).
WeChat and overall users
Admittedly, the messaging world is a tough one at the moment as many promising products battle it out for the growing smartphone market. However, WeChat's chances are strong as their overall user base is claimed to be akin to 400 million.
Unlike what many will say ("they are all ghost accounts!") Tencent has confirmed that nearly 200 million of those are active users.
What does the future hold?
Coming from the country with the largest online presence and frantic smartphone market puts Tencent in a good place to ensure its growth over the next few years.
Its most popular areas outside of China include India, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines. Now, if someone can explain to me why that was a bunch of South Asian countries plus ONE Latin American country I will be grateful.
Tencent must make sure they ride the wave of innovation and do not sit back thinking they have made it. There is a lot to get through before they are comfortable at the top of their field.
We've all heard now that the powers that be are threatening to make WeChat a paying service. That's right, WeChat, the only service that's growing in a double/triple dip world economy.
What is there to showcase?
Too smart for this
The future of China?
Like all good, logical capitalist company, Tencent is trying to make bucket-loads of money from its prized chat application. Fair enough you may say, but how?
Is Tencent the eternally benevolent company? After becoming a pioneer of crowd funding in China, the founders of Wechat have decided to develop their services for users of the latests Blackberry handset.
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What do we think?
The mighty Tencent is using its resources and renown to widen the scope of non-profit in China.
Crowd-funding here and abroad
Fast growing venture
As we all know, WeChat is the most spoken about app on the internet. Some claim it's maybe not the safest place to vent one's disagreements, others claim the app is taking over the world and that it will obliterate the SMS. needless to say everyone with a smartphone is using it.