Mobile QQ, which is believed to have been cannibalized by WeChat, just released an update with new features including an emoticon market, colorful message bubbles and theme designs. It’s not long after a major update was released that made Mobile QQ users so angry at its becoming a WeChat clone.

N0w it has an emoticon market, which, as you may know, made $17 million in Q1 2013 for mobile messaging app Line. Users and critics seems happy this time with the me-too service. Some even concluded that the new version is “very QQ”. Also, the functions that were removed in the last version have been restored.

Emoticon isn’t new to Tencent and QQ users. Users of PC-based QQ IM have been sending to each other emoticons, all for free, for over a decade. QQ Show, which offers virtual goods for avatar items, was one of the first revenue sources for Tencent.

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

Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com