WeChat announces major upgrade to Ver 5.0 with sticker shop

WeChat 5.0 introduces a sticker shop with online payment. WeChat 5.0 for iOS is now available for download. WeChat 5.0 for Android will be available at a later date.

Screenshots from WeChat 5.0.

Screenshots from WeChat 5.0.

The launch of WeChat 5.0 further enriches the user experience.

“The new WeChat 5.0 moves the platform beyond a simple chatting app and enriches the user experience by being a truly mobile social platform. Users not only meet, chat and share moments, pictures and videos with friends and people they care about in an innovative and fun way, they do it in a dynamic and intuitive fashion,” said Poshu Yeung, Vice President at International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app.

It had recently announced that it had passed 70 million registered user accounts internationally.

With the WeChat 5.0 comes the introduction of the Sticker Shop which is supported by online payment.

Users download and pay for stickers via the platform.

Also new with the WeChat 5.0 is the ‘Hold Together,’ a location based service that allows users to further find and connect friends who are close to each other.

Along with ‘Shake’ and ‘People Nearby’ (previously called “Look Around”), users are able to connect with friends with just a simple touch of the screen.

In addition, other platform updates include:

  • Making sharing web pages to Facebook easier for those who have linked their Facebook account to their WeChat.
  • A revamped ‘Official Accounts’ user interface making it more convenient for users to group brand accounts into one single category reducing clutter in chat screens.
  • A new ‘Save Messages’ function allows users to keep sentimental text and voice messages and photos.

WeChat has also made it easier to add friends with their upgraded ‘Adding Contacts’ function.

“While WeChat users enjoy connecting with friends and meeting new people; WeChat’s comprehensive privacy setting functionality allows users to limit and control who is able to communicate with them, view their information and manage how they can be found,” said Yeung.

Communicating with them is now simpler with a refined ‘Quick Entry’ for the group chat function.

WeChat became the most downloaded mobile social app on the App Store in July in numerous countries.

These countries include the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

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