WeChat Is Building An Augmented Reality App Store

China Channel Features

2 days ago an official video from WeChat team entitled “微信小程序:WeChat Mini Program” was uploaded to Tencent video platform with no announcement or fanfare. However the ending of the video hints at something absolutely huge: WeChat will release a truly game changing new augmented reality feature for mini programs. WeChat Pokemon Go for apps! Video Length: 2:31 WeChat mini programs + Augmented …

2017 WeChat User Report

2017 WeChat User Report Is Out!

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This year’s annual WeChat report from Tencent research division Penguin Intelligence was released just hours ago. Below are the key findings. Highlights include: The average number of WeChat contacts has increased significantly over the past year. Large increases in the amounts of money running through WeChat pay from last year. The average age of a WeChat user has shifted significantly …

Podcast Wechat Ecosystem: Key Trends For 2017 Part 1

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WeChat Podcast recording: I again had the honor of appearing on the very excellent Analyse Asia podcast hosted by Bernard Leong in Singapore. Podcast Show Notes Wechat Ecosystem: Key Trends For 2017. Part 1 Growth & User Numbers [1:27] There is a narrative in China about Wechat similar in the US where tech pundits declared “Apple is doomed”. We hear …

WeChat Karaoke Of The Future

China Channel Case Studies

Welcome to M-Bar, the future of WeChat empowered Karaoke! M-Bar (www.ucmbar.com) is a Chinese startup from Xiamen city in Fujian province that runs a line of staff-less Karaoke booths empowered completely through WeChat. Want to learn how it works? Check out the video below from our friend Manya Koetse at the very excellent WhatsOnWeibo: Video length: 1:36 mins   How does WeChat Karaoke Work? Today …

Mark Zuckerberg is on WeChat!

China Channel Case Studies

Breaking News: It’s official! Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has followed in the footsteps of Bill Gates (see previous article) and opened up a WeChat official account. Read on to find out the details plus a series of highly revealing quotes from the Zuck regarding his thoughts on China’s social media. Above: Mark’s new official account In the new account’s …

WeChat Announces 6 Big Changes to Mini Programs

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Today WeChat announced 6 changes to mini programs. All positive changes that will have an impact on mini programs gaining traction in China. Below is the list: Individual developers can create and submit mini programs to the WeChat team. We no longer need a Chinese business license, just Chinese ID card. This is a similar set up to how we apply for …

Augmented Reality Chinese Translation

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Augmented reality Chinese translation is already here. Anyone of us can use our phone to translate all the characters around us on the fly. Don’t believe it, check out the pictures and gif below… The app to do it with. Not WeChat unfortunately. Yes, that’ right it’s good old Google Translate. Hang on, isn’t Google blocked in China?  Well, mostly yes. But …

WeChat Key Trends Report 2017

China Channel Reports

Below are the slides from a keynote presentation delivered by Matthew Brennan at the China Connect Paris Conference on the 2nd of March 2017. He covers the key trends for WeChat and WeChat marketing featuring the latest data, case studies and quotes from respected experts. If you would like a PDF version of this report just drop us an email at info@chinachannel.co. If you are …

Bill Gates On WeChat

Bill Gates Joins WeChat. Apple & Facebook Fail On WeChat

China Channel Case Studies, Hot News

3 days ago Bill Gates officially launched his own WeChat official account (WeChat ID: gatesnotes) and broadcast a short 30 second message to his WeChat followers. Bill’s company Microsoft is actually kicking ass on WeChat, they have several very interesting WeChat accounts including a Chinese virtual girlfriend chatbot. We did a little research into the presence Microsoft and other American tech giants have on China’s …