WeChat today announced the launch of WeChat 5.0 to further enrich the user experience. As WeChat continues to grow in the global arena with its recent announcement that it crossed 70 million registered user accounts internationally, the platform continues to innovate and bring new features to meet customer needs. Watch the video tour of your favourite chat messenger
With WeChat 5.0 comes the introduction of the Sticker Shop which is supported by online payment allows users to download and pay for stickers via the platform.
The new WeChat 5.0 also features ‘Hold Together,’ a location based service that allows users to find and connect friends who are in close proximity. Along with ‘Shake’ and ‘People Nearby’ (previously called “Look Around”), users can connect with friends with a simple touch of the screen. WeChat has made it easier to add friends with its upgraded ‘Adding Contacts’ function, making communication simpler with refined ‘Quick Entry’ for the group chat function.
“The new WeChat 5.0, we are aiming at taking the platform to the next level making it more than just a simple chatting app and enriching the user experience by being a truly mobile social platform. Users not only meet, chat and share moments, pictures and videos, they do it in a dynamic and intuitive fashion,” said Poshu Yeung, Vice President at International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app.
In addition, other platform updates include:
- Sharing web pages to Facebook easier for those who have linked their Facebook account to their WeChat
- Revamped ‘Official Accounts’ user interface making it more convenient, as brand accounts are grouped into one single category to reduce clutter on chat screens
- ‘Save Messages’ function allows users to save text, voice messages and photos for the future
“While WeChat users enjoy connecting with friends and meeting new people; WeChat’s comprehensive privacy settings allow users to limit and control who is able to communicate with them, who can view information and manage how they can be found. For added security and control, protection mechanisms such as the two-way authentication to initiate a chat, ability to hide contact details, create a ‘black list’ toblock users and allowing users to turn off LBS features. This means they can share experiences only with the people they trust,” continued Mr. Yeung.
Connecting people in an innovative way, WeChat became the most downloaded mobile social app on App Store in July in numerous countries including India, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
WeChat 5.0 for iOS is now available for download. WeChat 5.0 for Android will be available at a later date. For further details, please visit www.wechat.com
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