WeChat Is 5 Years Old Today!

China Channel Features, Tencent

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Happy Birthday WeChat!

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It’s hard to imagine that the app we all depend on every day in China simply just didn’t exist 5 years ago. And boy has it changed over time:

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Above: from Version 1.0 to now

WeChat – The Beginning
Below we have an excerpt (2:25 mins) from a podcast by members of the WeChat team. They discuss the key decisions that were taken at the very beginning of WeChat during initial development.

 

  • The initial WeChat team was just 8 guys!
  • At the time of initial development the iPhone had not even been officially released in China
  • The number of people with smartphones and broadband in China was less than 10 million

To listen to the full podcast copy this link into a browser (VPN needed in China) https://soundcloud.com/wechatpodcast/core-product-values-and-product-management

 

Evolution of WeChat
Below is our updated version of the China Channel ‘Evolution of WeChat’ infographic documenting exactly how WeChat has grown over the years.

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