Douyin and Kuaishou may currently dominate China’s short-video market, but Tencent hasn’t given up yet on developing one of its homegrown apps into a serious contender. The tech titan, which also backs Kuaishou, recently renamed Yoo Video as Hotpot Video, and made significant changes to its interface.

Yoo, now Hotpot, originally launched in August 2018 and takes its name from the working title it was given internally while under development. According to app intelligence platform Qimai, its ranking in the “free” category of entertainment apps in the Apple App Store has hovered around the 100 mark; as of May 5, it was number 105 in that list. Unlike popular short video app Douyin, which limits most users to 15-second videos, Hotpot users can upload videos of up to 3 minutes.

According to Chinese news outlet 36kr, the previous version of the app presented users with two main channels to browse recommended content. Currently, Hotpot Video mainly features a single, horizontally-scrolling bar with several categories of content, including movies, games, food, pets, technology, and suggested videos.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.