MiTalk, or Mi Liao in Chinese, the mobile messaging app by Xiaomi, launched today a major update, MiTalk 2015.

MiTalk was first launched in November 2010, earlier than the launch of Tencent’s WeChat. Back then when mobile messaging apps such as Kik and Talkbox got traction, a wave of Chinese clones, including MiTalk and Qihoo’s Kouxin, emerged. But before long Tencent’s WeChat would beat all of them in terms of users and popularity.

At an event in 2013, Lei Jun, co-founder and CEO of Xiaomi, said that WeChat was merely another Tencent QQ, the most popular instant messaging software in China, hinting that’s a major reason why most other mobile messaging apps had lost to WeChat. In Xiaomi’s estimation, they had a chance if Tencent launched a similar one half a year later but little chance within three months. WeChat was released two months after MiTalk launch.

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