WeChat Launches Walkie-Talkie Style Live Chat
Tencent, the largest internet company in Asia Pacific has announced the launch of a new feature rich update of WeChat for Android and iPhone users. The latest update 4.5 includes walkie-talkie style Live Voice Chat; QR Code sharing for Group Chats; and Chat History back-up service.
The Live Voice Chat feature allows a group of friends to have instant voice conversations within the group with a simple touch action. It is just like walkie-talkie devices in real world — one person can speak at a time but everyone can hear.
The Group Chat feature within WeChat has also got an update. Now every Group can generate a unique QR Code, that can be shared for inviting new members into the group.
WeChat users now have an option of backing up & restoring their chat history with a single-touch; and for iOS users, also the ability to search through chat history.
In addition, the User Interface of the app makes it easier for friends to be discovered and recommended as part of the core product experience.
New Features of WeChat 4.5 version for Android and iPhone:
— Chat with friends in a Live Chat session
— Invite friends to a WeChat group Chat via QR code
— Search through Chat history
— Back-up and restore Chat history
On the new update, Dennis Hau, Head of Product Center, International Business Group, Tencent said “The new update is part of our endeavor to delight our users with the most innovative and best available mobile messaging options. The new Live Chat feature has been introduced based on user feedbacks and we believe it will be a great hit among users. We intend to keep improving the app with additional features to enable people to stay connected in a fun and exciting manner.”
The popular, free mobile voice and text messaging application WeChat, which has 300 million registered users globally, was launched in India in July last year across iPhone, Android, Symbian, and Windows mobile platforms and has recently been launched on the BlackBerry platform as well.