Jargon watch: app constellation

Fred Wilson talked about the concept of app constellations that he distilled down to:

mobile apps that share a single login and have app to app linking built in

He also added the proviso that ignored gaming apps, which generally purely use integration for identity and payment.

As Wilson points out this level of integration is interesting as one could find a complete suite of apps from the one company and rarely leave that eco-system.  This is partly been driven by context:

Putting a lot of features in a mobile application inevitably means burying them resulting in lots of clicks to get at something that you want. So on the design level it is very reminiscent of the design focus that drove the first generation of focused lean web 2.0 applications – though on a philosophical level they are world’s apart since app constellations are about creating a walled garden rather than open transportable data sets (within a walled garden of the mobile operating system).

The idea isn’t necessarily one that’s new. If one looks at someone like Google, this is the very rationale why they built Android – so that there were no blockages to providing it’s services.  Microsoft exercised control over the majority of desktop users and could make Google’s life difficult, especially through Internet Explorer, by comparison smartphones were a relatively open space to grow in.

I have attempted to compile a list of some of the the major app constellations. This has taken more time than I would like as I have had to hand code the tables below in order to get the HTML to work properly. Thankfully not having games in the definition of an app constellation made the work a little easier. For instance, Kakao Corp. is responsible for 9 out of the 10 best-selling mobile games in Korea at the moment and keeps churning out new games on a regular basis.

Secondly some of the companies here have more than one app constellation cluster, Tencent’s broadly break down into two clusters; those dominated by QQ and those dominated by WeChat, however there is also a connection between QQ and WeChat. This maybe partly down to the different development centres in China that they both come out of.

Microsoft and Google both have consumer, enterprise user and enterprise administrator app constellation clusters.

Daum is a Korean Internet company famous for its mobile search, news portal and social properties. No self-respecting Korean pop group used to be able to do without a well looked after Daum Cafe account. As I was part way through this Daum has announced that it is merging with Kakao Corp.

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
다음, 뉴스, 브라우저, 프로야구Daum: news, browser, KBO (Korean professional baseball)It’s a mobile portal of content
mypeopleOTT messenger application that also includes stickers, VoIP and video calls; with support for a number of international languages. It can utilise a common Daum log-in
다음 지도, 길찾기, 지하철, 버스Daum Maps, Directions, Subway and BusA local version of the kind of application Google Maps provides tightly focused on the needs of Korean consumers
다음 사전Daum DictionaryKind of similar to Google Translate and Google Lens. Daum Dictionary allows you to ‘read’ a foreign language using your phones camera, it has a number of translation dictionaries. In addition, it has a flash card function to help Koreans increase their foreign language vocabulary
다음 카페Daum CafeDaum Cafe is a social network with a customisable profile page, a news stream type function called My Cafe, posts and comments – think your Facebook wall or Tumblr account, stickers, a mobile editor and push notifications
다음 클라우드Daum CloudDaum Cloud is similar in functionality to Dropbox and Carousel in terms of being cloud file storage and a way of sharing photos and files. Daum calls out that these can be shared across it’s mypeople social platform, Facebook and Twitter
다음 웹툰Daum Webtoon (literally the name would be Daum Pick)Korea like Japan has a comic book culture. The most famous of these is probably Priest which was adapted for film and started Paul Bettany and Maggie Q. The country consumes web comics and Daum Webtoon mobilises that experience. Fans comment on strips, share strips amongst themselves via Daum Webtoon. A western equivalent might be comiXology (a recent Amazon acquisition); but that lacks the social aspects of Webtoon
mysticker for mypeopleAugment photos with various avatar decorations like glasses or facial hair and use these pictures as stickers in OTT messenger app mypeople
SolGroupSolGroup is a private discussion group for up to 100 members. It allows you to share photos and links as well as doing a broadcast-style notice to group members
해피맘-육아맘 필수앱 (이웃맘 추천, 임신/출산 정보)Happy MomA neighbourhood social network for Mums and Mums-to be. It’s a location-based network that tries to plug women into real-world networks, provide an online support network which can be a source of advice and provide local information. In Seoul there seems to be a consult your GP function. All up this seems to be a much more sophisticated version of Mumsnet
다음 루리웹 블러드 브라더스 공식 커뮤니티Daum BloodBrothers CommunityAn application that provides a community for players of Mobage’s BloodBrothers game
WITHA Flickr or 500px-type application that allows photographs to be organised into albums and easily explored
다음 TV 플레이Daum TV PlayAllows a smartphone to be used as a remote control where the smart TV has a Daum TV application
다음소셜쇼핑 – 소셜커머스 모음Daum Social Shopping – social commerce collectionThe application features group shopping deals and coupons from a range of players including GroupOn. It also has an Apple Passbook-type function to organise any tickets required to redeem an offer
캠프CampLocation-based mobile social network that looks to be around organising group activities; kind of similar in some respects to Foursquare’s Swarm
마이원 모바일 월렛My One Mobile WalletMobile wallet application that also has some loyalty / rewards programme functionality built-in
마이원 모바일 월렛Daum KidsEducation app aimed at pre-schoolers, it covers much of the educational ground that Sesame Street may cover in other countries
KardinA social business card application. It is a cross between LinkedIn’s CardMunch, Plaxo and LinkedIn

Dropbox

Product nameWhat it does
DropboxCloud storage
CarouselCarousel is designed as a single home for all your photos and videos, automatically organized and always with you. It allows for the sharing photos and videos instantly in private conversations. It provides an automatic back up  of photos and videos to Dropbox as they are taken.
MailboxAlternative mail application specially for iCloud and Gmail users. It offers a simplified user interface and deep app linking across Dropbox products (preventing an OS-level poaching of that functionality)

Facebook – social behemoth has a number of applications out there, half due to acquisitions the company has made

Product nameWhat it does
FacebookReplicates much of the desktop experience of using Facebook in a mobile application
MessengerAn OTT messenger that seems to be playing feature catch-up with many of the bigger players. Currently allows groups, video sharing and picture sharing. There are some stickers available and a free VoIP facility
Facebook Page ManagerMobile application for page admins to manage multiple pages easily from their own phone, even provides a view of Facebook Insights
InstagramMobile photo application with built-in filters
Whatsapp MessengerPopular, relatively unsophisticated OTT messaging application acquired earlier this year

Google

Product nameWhat it does
YouTubeNative application video player
GoogleNative mobile application version of the Google search page, the key difference being the support of voice-enabled search
Google MapsNative application version of Google’s mapping service. It has voice turn-by-turn directions. It covers 220 countries and the public transport networks of over 15,000 towns and cities
Google EarthExplore the world virtually, hard to really describe Google Earth – I thought it was telling that it sits in Apple’s travel rather than navigation section
Google ChromeAlternative web browser, integration with desktop usage of Chrome browser and a reaction to non-Google search deals
GmailDedicated email client for the Gmail email service
Google TranslateNative application interface for Google’s web translation web service
Google+Native application that provides a simplified interface for the Google+ social network, some elements like Hangouts have been broken out into a dedicated application
Google DriveNative application that positions Google Drive as more of a cloud storage service than the productivity suite viewpoint that it provides in the desktop experience
YouTube CaptureShoot and upload video directly to a YouTube account
HangoutsA me-too OTT messenger with more of a video focus than other players
ChromecastApplication to set up and change administrator-level settings for the Chromecast streaming video dongle
Google DocsStandalone of the Google Docs word processor experience which is integrated into the desktop version of Google Drive
Google SheetsStandalone of the Google Docs spreadsheet experience which is integrated into the desktop version of Google Drive
BloggerNative application to manage a Blogspot blog including creating and posting content
Google Play BooksGoogle’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle app and Apple’s iBooks
Google AuthenticatorA RSA key-type second factor authentication for Google accounts. It has easy set-up with a QRcode and support for multiple accounts
Google Play MusicA mix between the Apple iTunes music player app and Spotify based on Google’s Play content marketplace
Google Play Movies & TVNative application video player and marketplace for Google Play
Google CurrentsFlipboard-esque reader with a focus on mainstream media like The Huffington Post
Photowall for ChromecastPhotowall for Chromecast is an application that lets people take pictures, edit them and collaborate with images on the TV – using phones or tablets. Anyone can take a picture and send it to a Photowall to instantly see it on the big screen.Once the collage is finished a YouTube video of your Photowall is automatically generated
Field TripThe bastard child of vintage Microsoft Office’s Clippy and a travel guide that surfaces information kind of similar to Foursquare’s exploration function. It will even use voice to deliver it’s random flag ups of interesting things near by. It is also notable for its use of skeuomorphic design in a Google product
Google AdsenseAccess to reports and key data from a Google advertising account over a mobile phone
ZagatRestaurant guide that Google acquired a number of years ago. In many respects Yelp before the internet. Now as a native mobile application
Google AdminNative mobile application providing an interface for sysadmins to manage enterprise usage of Google products – setting new email accounts up, shutting them down etc.
Google CoordinateMobile application of a workforce management tool attached to Google enterprise account – ideal if you had a firm of plumbers, roofing contractors etc.
HelpoutsNative application to get live video advice on a given subject matter.

Kakao Corp. is an OTT messaging application that has a higher user base than Facebook in Korea. It has a lot of hallyu content on there, stickers, in application payments and paid for enterprise accounts. Tencent, makers of WeChat have a stake in Kakao

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
KakaoTalk messengerAn OTT messenger with text, stickers, VoIP and a pitch shifter to make your voice sound cuter or play around with friends
KakaoStoryA photo social network that is complementary to KakaoTalk. Think the moments function in WeChat or status updates on Facebook
KakaoGroupExtends beyond the chat room environment of KakaoTalk to private private group chat as a separate application
카카오아지트KakaoAgit (a better translation might be KakaoHideout)Private group discussion and collaboration – sharing ideas or organising an event. Kakao Corp. promotes this particularly to self-organising groups of colleagues in a workplace
카카오 아지트 파트너 앱Agit PartnerSeems to be a group administrator tool of some sort
KakaoPlaceVery similar to the recommendations functionality of Foursquare and the old Dopplr application

LINE (Naver Japan) – the Japanese subsidiary of Korean online media business Naver Corp. has a range of international and localised products for the Japanese marketplace

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
LINE MessengerAn OTT messaging application that has made a good business out of virtual stickers, popular throughout much of Asia from Taiwan to Thailand. It has been fighting a pitched battle for marketshare with WhatsAppk, WeChat, and KakaoTalk
LINE cameraA photo app that integrates with LINE Messenger. It allows filters and affects to be used on pictures including a beauty filter effect. There are over 1,000 stamp effects that allow you to frame your picture, photo editing including a lasso-type function
LINE Brush and Brush liteAn application similar to MacPaint of old but in a mobile device
LINE PLAYA social network that allows the user to build an avatar as an alter ego with the emphasis on cute and chat with other users
LINE CardPersonalised e-card creator
pickA photography based social network similar to the social aspects of flickr
LINE ToolsA mix of productivity features: conversation tables, flash light, sound meter and calculator
NdriveCloud storage similar to Dropbox
Naver TranslateTranslation software focused on Japanese speakers in partnership with Japanese dictionary publisher Kodensha
Naver Matome ReaderMobile magazine type application similar to the likes of Flipboard. Not quite a newsreader
無料 マンガWebtoonsMobile comic reader rather like Daum’s Webtoon application. Naver Japan has also published the more popular comics as standalone applications
KstyleKorean entertainment news magazine capitalising on the success of Korean pop music in particular in Japan. It also has some coverage of other hallyu content such as Korean dramas
LINE ListSeems to be similar to KakaoGroup or the circles functionality in Google+. It pulls in contacts across social networks including LINE, KakaoTalk and Facebook

Microsoft

Product nameWhat it does
XBox XBox One SmartGlassA companion application to the game console: it acts as a remote control for the media play side of the console and facilitates off-console social interaction with game mates
OneDriveThe cloud storage service formerly known as Sky Drive, the application comes in both consumer and business versions.
PhotosynthAn application that creates panoramic views from a series of pictures that are stitched together. It also allows for these pictures to be shared with others online
Microsoft Office MobileThe traditional office suite of Word, PowerPoint and Excel for mobile devices. An Office 365 subscription is required
OWA for iPhoneNative application version of Outlook Web Access that requires an Office 365 subscription
Microsoft OneNoteNative application version of Microsoft OneNote, available as a free standalone application
Microsoft Remote DesktopConnect to and work on a remote Windows PC
bing searchNative application with a number of bing services including bookmarks, maps and the search engine
Lync for iPhoneAvailable in 2010 and 2013 editions Lync allows in-enterprise OTT messaging and web conferencing. Requires a licence for a Lync server
Office 365 adminManage functions such as setting up a new email account from an iPhone
Xbox MusicSpotify-style streaming application
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPadMicrosoft separates out these apps on the iPad so each one has to be downloaded separately rather than getting one Office app bundle. An Office 365 subscription is required
Bing get me thereBing maps application specifically for London that incorporates live data on the Tube from TfL
SharePoint NewsfeedA newsreader specifically designed for company SharePoint sites
Microsoft Dynamics CRM for iPhoneNative application for Microsoft’s CRM application
Microsoft Dynamics CRM for iPhone and Dynamics AXNative application for Microsoft’s CRM application. Dynamics AX allows for expenses to be filed and time sheets to be completed
HealthVaultPatient access to their own and their families health records
My AppsSingle sign-on to Azure cloud applications
Windows Intune Company StoreEnterprise mobile and table app store
SoclSomewhere between Tumblr and Behance as visual content driven social networks
Microsoft Tech Companion for iPhoneNews application for Microsoft developers and certified professionals
RMS SharingAllows the user to see rights restricted content when used with an Office 365 licence

Naver: LINE’s Korean parent is a large online media in its own right. Naver powers the majority of searches in Korea and has prominent blogging and mapping platforms.

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
NAVERNative app version of the famous Korean search engine and web portal. It is particularly interesting the way Naver collates stories of interest to the reader. Koreans can subscribe to areas of interest and have the content delivered to them
네이버 지도NAVER MapsSimilar to Google Maps; the key differences being the focus on Korea and access to real time transport data. Naver also looks to cater to cyclists in major cities more than Google does with its mapping application
me2dayA social network / blogging platform
네이버 웹툰NAVER WebtoonsWeb comic reader application
네이버 블로그NAVER BlogMobile app that allows blog management and creation of posts on Korea’s most popular blogging platform. Blogs in Korea are bigger than in the UK by a considerable margin
네이버사전NAVER DictionaryKorean language dictionary and also Korean to 16 other languages dictionary to aid in foreign language usage
네이버 북스NAVER BooksKorean answer to the Amazon Kindle app
네이버 메일NAVER MailDedicated email client for the Naver Mail service. Special features include messenger style stickers and deep integration with NDrive cloud storage for file transfers
네이버 뮤직NAVER MusicA Spotify-esque music client with some special features. It can play your own MP3s directly from the NDrive cloud storage service and synchs with whatever content you have bought on your PC without having to side load the content with a cable
NAVER CameraCamera application that allows in-app editing of pictures and automatic synching to the NDrive cloud service
네이버 웍스 캘린더NAVER Works CalendarEnterprise version of Naver Calendar which supports multiple languages and time zones
네이버 웍스 드라이브NAVER Works DriveEnterprise version of Naver cloud storage service, which seems to operate similar to YouSendIt
네이버 웍스 메일NAVER Works MailEnterprise version of Naver email service with a dedicated client
네이버 웍스 주소록NAVER Works ContactsEnterprise version of Naver address book with a dedicated client
그린팩토리NHN greenfactoryNAVER corporate group mobile app with some intranet and stored currency functionality for employees
네이버 글로벌회화 영중일NAVER Global Phrase Book (plus paid for version as well)Phrase book supporting English, Chinese and Japanese for Korean speakers
네이버포스트 – 신개념 모바일 스토리북NAVER Post-New Concept Mobile Story BookEncourages users to write stories optimised for mobile usage. It allows the stories to be shared across LINE and KakaoTalk and see where connections are on NAVER Maps in a similar kind of way to Google Latitude or Foursquare’s Swarm
네이버 지식iNNAVER Knowledge iNMobile client that provides a way to ask and answer questions in a Yahoo! Answers type of service
쥬니어 네이버NAVER Junior NaverMobile app that provides a Yahooligans! type experience including games and video content
쥬니어 네이버NAVER CalendarDedicated calendar application based on NAVER’s consumer-orientated calendar service
네이버 중한사전NAVER Chinese-Korean DictionaryThe name tells you everything you need to know
네이버 메모NAVER MemoSimilar to the Notes functionality that is a core part of iCloud, on the Mac and as part of iOS
네이버 TVNAVER TVStreaming TV and movies application
네이버 N드라이브NAVER N DriveMobile application providing cloud storage access, the smart thing with NDrive is the deep integration with other NAVER services like NAVER Music
네이버 주소록NAVER ContactsContact book app service similar to Apple’s address book app which manifests on iCloud and in system default apps in iOS and OSX

Netease is a Chinese online media company most associated with online gaming. It’s 163.com forum is enormously influential for technology loving Chinese.

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
网易新闻NetEase NewsA news client that pulls from a wide range of content from sports to shopping and everything in between
有道 词典 本地 增强 版Youdao Dictionary Professional EditionChinese English dictionary with an installed user base over 150 million. The app won a prize in 2011 from Apple for the app. The app integrates with Tencent’s messenger service QQ
网易公开课NetEase Open ClassChinese English dictionary with an installed user base over 150 million. The app won a prize in 2011 from Apple for the app. The app integrates with Tencent’s messenger service QQ
网易云阅读-杂志新闻书籍NetEase cloud reading – Magazine News BooksAnalogous to the Kindle app with 100,000+ books, 3000+ top magazine, ‘massive’ internet information and an ‘exquisite’ picture album. The app also allows the user to subscribe to friends microblogging, blog, QQ space and other social platforms
网易应用中心Netease Application CenterFocuses mostly on games
有道翻译官Youdao TranslatorTranslates eight languages into Chinese, you can use the camera to ‘read’ foreign text
网易轻博客LOFTERMobile client for a light blogging platform more like Dayre.me than Tumblr
网易轻博客NetEase fashion magazineAn e-magazine that allow you to purchase new editions in-application from with Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, British and American fashion magazines
网易博客NetEase blogMobile application to create and publish blog posts on the Netease platform
网易将军令NetEase General OrderA two-factor authentication app similar to an RSA tag
饭饭JennaA personalised restaurant and dish recommendation service
游戏精灵-你的游戏伴侣Game WizardA mobile gaming magazine with reviews, tips and hacks
网易房产榜- 看网易房产榜,知楼市冷暖NetEase property listAllows the user to see property sales or rental prices as well as background information on the area in terms of the amenities in the locality
网易即时通2013Netease Messenger 2013A self-described ‘enterprise class’ instant messenger platform that supports Windows, Mac and iOS
VementoAllows you to shoot one-second videos similar to Vine, but stitches them together into a bigger, longer film. It has a very flat design and colour scheme that mirrors iOS7
口袋篮球Pocket BasketballCBA basketball news, statistics, player profiles and game schedules
网易印像拍NetEase Photo AlbumIt is like Istagram and iPhoto blended into one an includes printing services
iEase Translator ProYoudao Translator version complete with OCR technology designed for English speakers
惠惠折扣日报—网易出品电商折扣精选(惠惠购物助手手机版)Huihui discount DailyMobile coupon / group buying application
网易联系人助手NetEase Contact AssistantSyncing contacts from NetEase mail in a simple address book type application
网易家居杂志 易品家EaseHomeHome and lifestyle mobile magazine compiled from the home section of the NetEase website
网易汽车NetEase Car NewsCar mobile magazine compiled from the autos section of the NetEase website
网易邮箱- 网易官方手机邮箱NetEase official mobile emailDedicated email client
网易电视指南-看直播,刷微博NetEase TV GuideLive mobile TV programming
网易电视指南-看直播,刷微博iStyleFashion-orientated community mobile app
网易微博(官方)NetEase Weibo clientMicro-blogging platform in the shadow of Tencent and Sino versions of Weibo
花田-免费聊天,交友,婚恋HanadaA free dating community that includes chat functionality
网易云相册- 相片备份专家NetEase cloud albumCloud photo album

Tencent has two of the dominant social platforms in China: QQ and WeChat. It is also big in online games publishing and e-commerce. QQ and WeChat both have their own app constellations

NameEnglish equivalentWhat it does
微生活POSMicro Life POSMobile point of sale terminal application
腾讯彩票Tencent LotteryLottery news including winning numbers
微客多门店版Tencent Shopping Guidehelp traditional retailers store employees to use mobile phones to provide customers with a shopping guide
搜搜问问SoSo Aska knowledge search type mobile application think Yahoo! Answers meets Quora and has integration with Tencent Weibo
Goal精彩中超Goal!Latest match results, player details and football league positions from the CSL (Chinese Soccer League)
看房ShowingsMobile application to aid Chinese house hunters covering most of the major cities in China
QQ团购QQ BuyClosely linked to QQ messenger allows for shopping and use of discount coupons
企业QQQQ Enterprise versionBusiness version of QQ instant messenger
QQ便民QQ conveniencePayment handling app covering pre-paid cards, monthly subscriptions and virtual currency balance – presumably for their games portfolio as well as real-world payments
腾讯路宝Tencent LobGoogle Maps-like turn-by-turn directions with Waze-like traffic information
腾讯路宝QQ watch the showMobile application with Ticketmaster-type features
QQ网购QQ Online ShoppingMobile application of a desktop online shopping site, think an online shopping mall, though much less of an audience than Tmall
腾讯微漫Tencent Micro-ComicMobile comic reading platform, with free to read content including Naruto and Dragonball Z
腾讯充值Tencent RechargeEspecially designed to manage a Q coin virtual currency account used in paying for games and monthly subscription services
Ps PlayAllows images from PhotoShop to be transferred easily to a phone and friends, can do a screen cast of how an effect was done as a walkthrough. Probably handy for sharing memes
Storycam for WeChatA kind of Instagram companion app for the WeChat OTT messenger – mixes photo frame type effects with an ability to tell people more about the picture
创意相机Creative CameraAllows users to edit pictures often for comedic value or giving them a cute look and then share via the QQ messenger service
wyFireEasy sharing of pictures over a local network: wi-fi connected device to wi-fi connected device
wyFireEasy sharing of pictures over a local network: wi-fi connected device to wi-fi connected device
腾讯爱看Tencent WatchSummarizes and presents content so that the reader no longer ‘reads’ it but watches it
QQ美食QQ CuisineIt has location based elements similar to Foursquare and discount coupon offers and ability to share location on Tencent Weibo
QQ财付通(腾讯出品QQ TenpayPayPal like peer to peer payments attached to a QQ messenger ID
PituPicture beautification – to make women’s skin look younger or better
自选股ZishuaguReal time stock price information from Shanghai, Hong Kong and US stock markets
QQ提醒QQ alertAn alarm clock with lost of different settings and alerts
腾讯看比赛Tencent watch the gameSports news from Chinese and international leagues
SOSO慧眼SOSO EyePrice comparison application, it scans bar codes and QRCodes but also uses image recognition to find matching book covers etc
QQ电影票QQ MovieMobile cinema ticket booking app
One BrowserAlternative to the built in phone web browser for international audiences
QQ BrowserAlternative to the built in phone web browser for Chinese, Taiwanese and international audiences
腾讯地图Tencent MapCar and public transport navigation with turn-by-turn directions
腾讯朋友Tencent friendChina’s first ‘real name’ social network rather like Facebook in that respect
QpikInternational version of picture beautification app Pitu
WeChat VoiceCompanion app to WeChat. Speak into the app, pick an avatar which has an animated mouth that lip-synches the message and send to contacts
微视-8秒短视频分享MicroscopicVine-like service that shoots 8-second videos
QQ阅读QQ ReadingMulti-format e-book reader supporting formats like epub and PDF
QQ通讯录-最快最智能的通讯录QQ ContactsAn address book based around the QQ messaging eco-system
QQ安全中心QQ Security CentreHelps with securing details, binding the phone identity to a particular QQ account, protects game settings and other
My CamCamera application that has HDR capabilities and Instagram-type filters
腾讯手机管家(原QQ手机管家Tencent mobile butlerA utility app which helps enhance Wi-Fi security, measure download speed and other features
We SynciCloud-like back-up of address book, it helps users to move from an old phone to their new phone. It also allows the address book to be easily erased from a phone. It seems to be aimed at an international audience
QQ邮箱QQ MailboxDedicated email client similar to Gmail
QQInstant messaging client that comes in both domestic market and international versions
腾讯微云WeiyunDropbox-like cloud service
QzoneA Facebook-like social network allowing check-ins, status, video sharing, picture sharing
腾讯新闻Tencent NewsA news reader application – think mobile portal as app
微信WeChat / WeixinOne of the world’s leading OTT messenger made in both domestic and international versions. It has features (some of which where borrowed from QQ) and is nipping at the heels of Whatsapp in a number of markets

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