Aside from Viber, Whatsapp, and KakaoTalk, the other two communication apps that have been emerged here in the Philippines rapidly recently are the WeChat from China and the LINE from Japan. These two can make a function to send message easily instead of taking time to email or sms your friends. Using WeChat and LINE, you can also express yourself easily by using stickers and emoji, and send photos and voice messages with ease.
Which app has been able to fill in the gap of mobile communication that has not been fulfilled by the other apps? Which is more fun and addictive? Which is much more easier to use? Which do you prefer to use?
|Messaging app||Started since||Stronghold||User base|
|January 2011||China||300 million|
|July 2009||Spain||200 million+|
|LINE||June 2011||Japan||150 million|
|KakaoTalk||March 2010||South Korea||90 million|
WeChat released on January 2011, a mobile text and hold-to-talk voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent (Tencent Holdings Limited) in China. It is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian.
Tencent has been recently aggressively promoting their social messaging platform here in the Philippines. We could see advertisement through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and even TV commercial with Iya Villania and Drew Arellano. WeChat is just another Facetime/WhatsApp alternative that doesn’t offer anything new. Photos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters. Chat with your friends or with people nearby. It is also provides a social networking platform that emphasizes user privacy. In Indonesia, WeChat downloads grow 30 times after TV ad campaign.
LINE is a Japanese based app (developed by NAVER) that allows you to make free calls and send free messages. Launched on June 23, 2011(a few months after the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima disaster), another popular instant messaging application for smartphones and PCs today. Line users can send each other images, video, audio media messages and make free VoIP calls.
Initially a mobile application for Android and iOS phones, it has since expanded to Windows Phone as well as desktop computers. A BlackBerry version was released in October 2012 and a Nokia Asha version in Asia March 2013. It has more than 170 million users worldwide and is used in over 231 countries. Ranked no. 1 in the free app category in 47 countries including Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, Macau, United Arab Emirates and more.
- WeChat uses QR code to connect its mobile platform with the desktop platform. Users can scan the QR code generated by the browser at web.wechat.com to connect the mobile platform to the desktop platform. Whereas, for Line, you have to download their software and install it on your computer; the traditional way of integrating mobile and desktop.
- One of the advantages of WeChat over Line is that you cannot do video calls with Line.
- WeChat aims to cover all possible areas of communication with its platform.
- When more and more people start using mobile smartphone with front camera, then possibly WeChat would be other’s preferred choice when it comes to video chatting.
- Line by default, already provided a wide-ranging selection of emoticons to spice up our chatting experience and make it so much more fun, unlike WeChat that still lacking in the choices of emoticons.
These apps are free. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download it or maybe both.
But for me, I just want use the app which is more popular among my contact list.