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The country’s rapid growth in mobile internet usage and a smartphone user base exceeding 843 million has launched a new wave of smartphone mobile chat services that can be used to channel traffic to many other apps and websites.
SCMP staff reporters have examined the mobile messaging market in China, looking at both the dominant platforms and smaller firms jostling to carve out niche positions.
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Tencent’s QQ was first released in 1999 under the name of OICQ, which was changed to QQ after the threat of a trademark infringement lawsuit by ICQ, the owned by AOL.
The mobile version had 576 million monthly active users as of the end of 2014, an increase of 33 per cent over a year earlier.
Owned by Shanghai-based online games and book publisher Shanda, Youni is a mobile commerce and messaging app that can be linked to a user's bank account to transfer small sums of money.
It has carved a niche position for itself in the Chinese mobile messaging market by allowing users to easily trade unused items, as well as buy personal loans and make donations through the app.
In fact, in almost every country in the world, a messaging app is the most used app overall.