Aiming at Indonesia and Beyond, WeChat Launches Beta BlackBerry App

Steven Millward
8:55 pm on Dec 21, 2012

WeChat for BlackBerry

We know that the China-made messaging app WeChat has global ambitions, and that’s made even more clear today with the launch of a beta version of WeChat for BlackBerry. Since pretty much no-one in China uses BlackBerry phones, this is certainly aimed at markets where WeChat is already seeing good growth (and where the BB OS is huge too), like Indonesia, Malaysia, and across the Middle East.

The new WeChat for BlackBerry is not on the app’s front page, and is instead announced on a backroom WeChat page; it seems to be in public testing for a while. It supports group messaging via text, voice, or photos – but it doesn’t have major features like video calling, as seen in the iPhone and Android versions.

If you really want it, the new release supports BB OS5, 6, and 7, and is in this ZIP file. Here are a couple more screenshots:


WeChat will reach 300 million registered users next month, according to its makers, Tencent (HKG:0700). Whatsapp never reveals numbers, but it’s likely ahead of some newer challengers such as Line (80 million) and KakaoTalk (70 million).

Get more info on WeChat v1.0 for BlackBerry (but in Chinese) on this page. If you test it out (I have no BlackBerry device to give this a spin), let us know how it performs in the comments.

[Source: 36kr – article in Chinese]


Replies
  • Nomorebb

    BB is dead. No point really

  • http://http/zulhamzi Z4CK

    Hye

  • Matt

    Blackberry is alive and well.
    RIM email solution still light years ahead of everything else in mobile market. Ive used iPhone, iPad, Android,…..and the suck battery power and time and deliver nothing like the efficiency of a Blackberry.
    Reality is the RIM software and devices are oriented to mobile business users……and that is a small market….perhaps too small for them to survive.

  • Matt

    Used my Win7 laptop with the Blackberry Desktop software to load the application from the ZIP file included in this article. Loaded onto my old 9700 with no problem. Had to find an old 8Gb microSD card, formatted that on my linux laptop as a general pupose FAT drive. Popped it into the BB. Then WeChat was ok – it needs a media card to run.

    Functionally its excellent. Only missing the timeline browsing and the look-around features. I dont use look-around. For me I use WeChat as nice private group chatting with friends and sharing of pics. So the only thing i miss is not being able to post “moments”. Hope they add it soon.

  • Jo

    i can’t install wechat on my blackberry curve 8520, I recently updated it to OS5, but when I click the file .jad from my BB, I can see a wechat downloading but then it says : 907 invalid Cod

  • Jo

    how do u load a zip file through blackberry desktop software, i can’t do it … plz help

  • ovi

    I was waiting for so long for it, i have so many Chinese friends and i was tired of Whatsapp, but I am sad that is a beta version, and doesnt allow me to look for people around :(

  • 9900

    seen like the shake function didnt work on my 9900…

  • shekarraj

    Hai

  • amit

    Want to download

  • aman

    wat is dis 907 invalid COD ?? :(

  • HackingPlus

    If you are getting the 907 COD error while downloading the wechat application or you want to know how to install apps on curve 8520 or BB os v5. Download Black Berry Desktop Manager

  • azraeiazrai

    already download wechat ..but got a problem ..become a beta user first ? how ? can help me ?

    • http://www.techinasia.com Steven Millward

      @azraeiazrai it’s out of beta on BB now. should be available to everyone.

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