Posts Tagged: chat apps


China Yo clone

Chinese developer clones Yo, but it’s just for laughs

And now here’s the Chinese version of Yo. It’s called Hehe, which is the sound of laughter in Chinese (just as it is in English).

  • July 22, 2014
  • at 12:15 pm
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Line’s new ecommerce app for Thailand is the scruffy cousin to its shopping app in Japan

Thai shoppers, rejoice – popular Japanese chat app Line, which has 24 million registered users in the Land of Smiles, just rolled out ...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 6:09 pm
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WeChat’s future is in hardware, and it can thank Polaroid for the inspiration

When Polaroid discontinued its instant photo-churning film and camera in 2008, the world mourned the death of a loveable but hopelessly anti...

  • July 7, 2014
  • at 8:00 am
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React Messenger, the selfie messaging app, takes off in Indonesia

React Messenger has really taken off in Asia. The LA-based startup is today rolling out React Messenger (which is iOS-only) in a new market ...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 4:57 pm
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Myanmar’s new mobile internet users embrace Android smartphones, pick Viber over Facebook

Half of Myanmar’s mobile internet users came online during the past 12 months. They're using Android smartphones and checking out messagin...

  • June 24, 2014
  • at 3:27 pm
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Homegrown Indian messenger Hike launches ‘hidden’ chats to take on WhatsApp

Teens in India just got another tool to keep their chats hidden from the prying eyes of parents, or anybody else for that matter. Free messa...

  • June 16, 2014
  • at 9:29 pm
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Not as big as Alibaba, but upcoming IPO for rival JD could value it at up to $24.6 billion

One week after its IPO, Chinese ecommerce firm JD hops on the WeChat train

About two months after Tencent (HKG: 0700) purchased an 18 percent stake in it, Chinese ecommerce site JD (NASDAQ: JD) has finally been inte...

  • May 28, 2014
  • at 11:46 am
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With 10M users in just four months, Tinder-esque app BeeTalk is buzzing throughout Asia

A few months ago, Tech in Asia wrote a piece about BeeTalk, a little-known social app that took Snapchat, Tinder, Line, and WeChat and ro...

  • May 20, 2014
  • at 6:08 pm
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WeChat grows to 396 million active users

WeChat grows to 396 million active users

WeChat has now grown to 396 million monthly active users, says the messaging app's maker, Tencent.

  • May 14, 2014
  • at 6:17 pm
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The new frontiers of Vietnam’s premier chat app: VNG’s Zalo

VNG has made millions off of its desktop gaming platform, but now it faces the challenge of transitioning everything to mobile. How will thi...

  • July 21, 2014
  • at 3:35 pm
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Line files for IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange as well as in US (Update: confirmed)

Line is set to file for a huge IPO with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, according to reports today.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 4:21 pm
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Kakao Office

Following Line’s disruption, Korea’s KakaoTalk confirms it’s experiencing issues in China

More than a day after Tech in Asia first observed that Japanese chat app Line was malfunctioning in China, it looks like another mobile me...

  • July 3, 2014
  • at 7:24 pm
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Line’s DIY sticker store now goes live in the US, UK, and 7 more countries

Early last month popular Japanese messaging app Line officially opened up its Creators Market in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, let...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 2:33 pm
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Chinese flirting app Momo shuts down its English version, which you didn’t know existed

Momo, the popular Chinese flirting app that recently crossed the 100 million download mark, has announced that it will shut down its inter...

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 4:56 pm
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Fresh off its latest funding boost, Korea-based couples app Between sets up shop in Taiwan

We’ve been following South Korea’s VCNC, creator of the for-couples chat app Between, since its early days as a bootstrapped startup, tr...

  • June 6, 2014
  • at 8:00 am
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Kakao Talk

Korean messaging app KakaoTalk to merge with Daum, the country’s second-largest web portal (UPDATED)

In yet another major development in the global chat app wars, popular Korea-based messaging startup Kakao looks set to merge with Daum, the ...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 4:45 pm
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Chat app Line is now selling user-created stickers. Here are our 7 favorite sets

Japan’s powerhouse messaging app Line announced last February that it would begin accepting applications for sticker sets made by ordi...

  • May 14, 2014
  • at 10:17 pm
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Mark Zuckerberg visits his psychotherapist in this bizarre TV ad for WeChat

Mark Zuckerberg visits his psychotherapist in this bizarre TV ad for WeChat

WeChat has come out with a bizarre new ad that features Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visiting his psychotherapist. Sorta.

  • April 24, 2014
  • at 1:10 pm
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