QQ came before WeChat and now it’s following its more successful sibling by diving into the world of mini-programs. In so doing, the messaging app, which recently turned 19, is hoping to get a new lease on life.

According to Tencent, the QQ Light Application (QQ轻应用) will focus on entertainment areas including “light games” and e-books.

Mini programs are like independent apps but can be launched directly from WeChat.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com