QQ is China’s most popular messaging app – it seems that almost everyone online in China has a “QQ hao”, the number associated with your account. QQ parent company Tencent also makes the WeChat app (weixin in Chinese) for your smartphone or device (iPod et al).
QQ has features in addition to audio/video chat and file transfer to outstrip MSN and Skype: online games, video sharing, bookmarks, email (each QQ hao automatically is an email address, i.e. “qq_hao”@qq.com), news, and more. QQ has been called “the MSN killer that’s made in China“.
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Things that make QQ a killer IM:
Apart from the fairly generic functions that you’d expect in any IM client, QQ does pack a few features which you won’t find in either Yahoo’s or Microsoft’s offerings. For example: QQ allows you to resume an interrupted download when you’re sharing files with friends. That may not sound particularly exciting but if you consider the stability of networks in parts of China and plenty of other countries, you’ll see that it’s actually essential. Another cool feature included with QQ is a nifty little screen grab tool which you can use while chatting. It even lets you make small screencasts: great for anyone who’s constantly helping friends out with their PCs.
A foreign teacher in Chengdu describes QQ best on her blog: “Originally an instant messaging service in the vein of AIM, QQ is now a full-blown hybrid of chatting, e-mail, MySpace-esque profile pages (called QZones), and games. QQ is way more than just an online time-filler for its Chinese users– it’s a way of life.”
Check out QQ video chat and farming game screenshots below.