Reader, we’re going a little meta this week. Way back in 2017, in TechNode’s bloggier days, the site published a listicle called "Top 15 apps you need for living in China." This piece became one of our best-performing posts of all time. Three years on, people are still reading it.

So we decided to update the list for 2020, to reflect on how phone home screens have changed — and what it says about the market.

Bottom line: The majority of the list remains the same. 18 out of 22 apps mentioned in 2017 kept their position in 2020. But we’ve added 21 new apps that gained popularity over the three years. The market is still pretty dynamic.

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