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Why WeChat Has Become the Hottest Messenger App in the World

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Instant messaging applications have really taken over the lives of many people.

WeChat is one of the messenger apps that are taking the messaging app market by storm. This application has grown leaps and bounds to become one of the biggest communication services across the world. The tool currently provides strong instant messaging capabilities along with voice and video calling functionality. WeChat also boasts of 600 million users worldwide.

What is WeChat?

WeChat is a mobile messaging application developed by a China-based Company Tencent. The standalone app is available on the Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Phone OSs. The app also works impressively on desktop computers.

While WhatsApp is no doubt the most popular IM app in the world at the moment, WeChat has more exciting features than WhatsApp. Here is a short list of WeChat killer features that you probably do not know about:

Moments

The app allows you to share those memorable moments with your friends around the world. You can share your pictures, share what you are eating or share what you are listening to. Also, you can choose who can see your posts.

WeChat on your computer: Most people do not know that WeChat allows people to chat between computers and smartphones. Click on the magic wand icon at upper right and select “Web WeChat”. The Web WeChat is available on multiple browsers, including Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Aside from that, WeChat also has an app designed for Mac. So whether you are chatting on your tablet, Smartphone or desktop, WeChat tries to deliver you the best cross-platform communication experience possible.

Emoticons: Everyone loves emoticons. They allow us to express our emotions. WeChat comes with customizable emoticons. Apart from the huge number of free emoticons that WeChat offers, you can also add your own emoticons by downloading them from other sites.

Shake: Want to get some new friends but do not know where to begin? It is very simple. Shake your Smartphone and see who is also shaking his or her Smartphone at that time. It is a great feature that you can use to kill boredom as well as to connect with new people around the globe. Even so, you need to be very careful not to reveal your private information to total strangers.

Drift Bottle: Just like “Shake” Drift Bottle is another cool feature that allows you to meet new people. Throw a bottle into the sea with a text or voice message. Then someone from anywhere in the world will pick it. He or she can reply or ignore the message.

Video Call: Just like Skype, Google Hangouts and Viber, WeChat lets the users to make one-on-one video calls. In addition to this, the application allows users to make VoIP calls for free.

Look Around  

This feature lets you look around for new friends, friends who are physically near you. Go to the “Social” tab and select “Look Around” to see who is nearby.

With so many unique and engaging features that keep the users coming back for more, WeChat is rapidly becoming the most popular instant messaging app in the world. On smartphones, desktop or tablets, WeChat reigns supreme.