The mobile internet industry in China witnessed two major breakthroughs in January 2013. One is that Mobile QQ exceeded 100 million users; the other one is that Wechat crossed 300 million user mark.

Tencent built an empire atop of QQ, expanded from the instant messaging desktop client to other areas like QZone, portal site, video site as well as ecommerce service. None of these would exist without QQ laying down the groundwork in the first place.

QQ is one of the most successful desktop software in Chinese internet market, and Mobile QQ is its mobile equivalent and nature extension on mobile end. However, the creation of Wechat genuinely adapts to the trend of mobile internet, which enabled its wild adoption and rapid growth. Neither Wechat nor mobile QQ will substitute the other one like many are suspected or hoped, since the two have their own trump cards.

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

What you get

Full access to all premium content and our full archives

Members'-only newsletters

Preferential access and discounts to all TechNode events

Direct access to the TechNode newsroom

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

Kang Zhou

Kang is a Tech writer, Event planner and Chairman of Beijing 3 Day Startup.