Alipay, the online and mobile payment platform operated by Alibaba’s Ant Financial, is rumored to be launching its mini-app function next week, competing head-on with WeChat’s mini-app feature.

Users will be able to access this feature by scanning a QR code with the scanner on the Alipay app.

Alipay mini-apps reportedly will endeavor to allocate and distribute traffic to offline channels, unlike WeChat’s mini-app function, which has been seeking to draw traffic to its own app.

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Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.