|Initial release||January 2011|
iOS 4.5 (February 5, 2013)
Android 4.5 (February 6, 2013 )
Windows Phone 126.96.36.199 (March 1, 2013 )
Symbian V3 4.2 (February 4, 2013)
Symbian V5 4.2 (January 17, 2013 )
BlackBerry OS 1.0.2 (January 18, 2013 )
|Operating system||iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, BlackBerry OS|
|Available in||English, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malay, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Turkish|
|Type||Instant Messaging Client|
WeChat (Chinese: 微信; pinyin: Wēixìn; literally "micro message") is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China, first released in January 2011.The app is available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian platforms. Languages supported include traditional/simplified Chinese, English, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Russian. WeChat is supported on Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, and 4G data networks.
WeChat provides multimedia communication with text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, photo/video sharing, location sharing, and contact information exchange. WeChat supports social networking via shared streaming content feeds and location-based social plug-ins ('Shake', 'Look Around', and 'Drift Bottle') to chat with and connect with local and international WeChat users.Jeff Xiong, Co-Chief Technology Officer of Tencent, manages the WeChat team.
Photos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters, captions, and placed into a personal photo journal for sharing with other users. User data is protected via an on-demand contact list backup and retrieval to/from a cloud-based service. WeChat claims to provide a social networking platform that emphasizes user privacy and fast response performance.
Registration is completed through Facebook Connect, mobile phone SMS/VM, or Tencent QQ. The application was initially launched as Weixin in China in January 2011, with international language support in October 2011, and re-branded as WeChat in April 2012. It is being promoted in India via gaming site Ibibo, in which Tencent holds a stake.
The app is available in the App Store for iTunes, Google Play Store for Android, BlackBerry App World and Marketplace for Windows Phone.
HistoryWeChat began as a project at Tencent Guangzhou Research and Project center in October 2010.The original name of the app, "Weixin", was devised by Ma Huateng, Tencent CEO.
In May 2011, WeChat had 4-5 million users, and by the end of 2011, it had 50 million users.WeChat had more than 100 million users by March 2012.
In April 2012, Weixin re-branded as WeChat for the international market.
In September 2012, WeChat had more than 200 million users according to Tencent CEO, Ma Huateng. As of January 2013, it had 300 million.Today WeChat is the first mobile phone text and voice messaging communication application in the world by users and downloads in the world. It has influence in Mainland China, HK, Taiwan, South-East Asia, Chinese People areas around the world and westerners.
In April 2013, rumors online speculated that WeChat will charge a fee for the app. A poll showed that 90% of users strongly oppose this move. WeChat currently is free to download and use.
In May 2013, it was revealed that Rainie Yang would be a product endorser for WeChat.