China does not only have a flourishing mobile app market, it is also a unique one. Popular Western app services like Twitter or Facebook have been blocked in Mainland China for over five years. The absence of these major Western app services has created a distinctive Chinese app environment, where alternative brands such as Baidu, Weibo or Weixin dominate the market. Although Apple has the number one spot in urban China smartphone sales Some of these, like or Baidu, are more than just an app store; they are tools to manage your phone by clearing the cache, deleting apps, saving on battery life, etc.
Apart from the Baidu app store , Baidu browser and Baidu maps are convenient for anyone visiting or living in China, since Chrome or Google Maps will not work through normal Mainland Internet connections. It was launched in by Tencent. The power of this app lies in its multifunctionality; Weixin is Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, Shazam, Viber and Uber, all combined into one app.
It therefore is the essential app for everyday life. Except for a great social media platform, Weixin is also an important way for Chinese media and businesses to stay in touch with their audiences. Weixin is free and is available for iOs and Android users, from iTunes to Google Play or any other app store, both in Chinese and English versions. Although Weibo is not the platform it used to be, it is still very much alive. Weibo has million users; around million of them are monthly active users.
Weibo is free and is available for iOs and Android users, from iTunes to Google Play or any other app store. Taobao is a place where small businesses and individuals can sell products to consumers — anything from clothes to medicine.
For the most funny things for sale, check out our top list of unusual things for sale on Taobao. Alipay and Sina Weibo launched a new service last week where mobile users can log in through Taobao, Alipay or Weibo to arrange their public service issues, like scheduling marriage registration or paying a traffic fine.
Never before did a free photo app come with so many possibilities. But there is much more: Pitu also allows you to play dress up with different make-up styles that look so real that is easy to trick your friends into thinking you actually did your make-up like Lady Gaga or a Peking Opera star.
The app has many different templates to create collages. Trust us, this is the most entertaining photo app of You can also take a normal picture of your friends and later turn them into proper dragqueens sorry! The app allows users to take a picture of their face and then create their own 3D figure with a wide selection of different eye-colors, hairstyles, clothing and skin tones.
You can then let your figure do several things, such as singing a popular song, wishing everybody a happy new year, playing the drums or falling asleep. Although the app has been around for some time, it has been a rage lately — especially because the effects of the app are so well done. If you choose the right colors for skin, hair and eyes, combined with the right hair and outfit, it is almost as if you are standing there singing yourself.
The app lets users choose from its most popular channels or by category: Always wanted to be featured on the Chinese news? This is your chance. The app, a product of Mobile, has a wide range of different scenes. Different from the MyIdol app, this app also allows two users to be in the same scene together; like two tigers holding hands in the woods, for example.
It can be compared to gay dating app Grindr; users can look for other users based on their location and scan their profiles or hang out in a chatroom.
Users can privately connect through chat and arrange a date if there is mutual interest. The app has over 15 million users. In December , the company received 30 million US dollars from American investors.
Blued is free and is available for iOs and Android users, from Google Play or any other app store. Its formula is simple; users can indicate what kind of food they like Hunan cuisine, Sichuan style, Shandong food, etc.
Afterwards, users can rate the chefs with one to five stars and leave a comment about their experience. The system generates a list of top-rated chefs. As Chinese website Wabei reports , over 20, people ordered a chef to cook in their home during the Chinese New Year period.
The company currently employs chefs on full-time basis. The money will be used to expand to more cities in China and invest in product development. The app is available for both iPhone and Android: The app lets users take a picture of their face, and then use it to create hundreds of different emoticons — from Japanese sumo wrestlers to naughty nurse. The emoticons can be exported to QQ, Weibo or Weixin, where they will be saved to use every time you feel like sending someone your personalised kisses or farts.