QQ International, the international version of Tencent’s signature product QQ IM, launched a 2.0 version on August 27th. The product was first released in 2009 and never launched a major update until recently. As WeChat, the mobile messaging app developed by Tencent, has more than 10 million users outside mainland China, I cannot help thinking whether the largest Internet company in China in terms of user base and market cap wants to bring QQ IM overseas too.

The product initially was developed to offer a clean and non-disrupt version to users who was used to other popular international instant-messaging services like Microsoft Messenger. Back then QQ IM was notorious for popping up windows of ads, recommendations of Tencent’s products, or news from its online news service. It’s also bothering that QQ users can just search user IDs and chat with strangers without the need of a permit.

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New features with QQ International 2.0 include,

  • Data Line. You can send files from PC to mobile or vice versa, if you has installed both the PC and mobile versions.
  • Sharing files to group members. Drag and drop a file into a chatting group to share it with every group member.
  • File manager helps you manage shared files.
  • Adding more fun to video chatting. Filters, animations and other effects are available to be added during a video chat.

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QQ International is available in six languages, English,  French, Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish.