The WeChat Team has just released WeChat version 6.6 for iOS and it contains three feature enhancements:
WeChat voice calls can now be answered just like a regular phone call
Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats
After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message
1. WeChat voice calls can now be answered just like a regular phone call
WeChat voice calls on iPhone can now be answered like a normal phone call with support for iOS CallKit allowing for even more convenient WeChat calls. Previously, WeChat calls resulted in a notification appearing on the receiver’s phone after which the receiver would need to open WeChat in order to answer the call. Now, iOS users will receive WeChat calls in the same way they receive normal phone calls resulting in fewer missed calls.
When receiving a WeChat call, you have access to iOS call features such as “Remind Me” and “Slide to Answer”. WeChat calls appear as calls within iOS now, with recent WeChat calls included in iPhone’s Call feature under “Recents”. Additionally, user can now initiate a WeChat call directly from the iPhone’s ‘Recent Calls’ screen instead of initiating calls from within WeChat.
2. Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats
WeChat has made it easier for you to share the notes that you’ve saved to Favorites to Moments and chats. Now you can tap the upper-right corner menu and select “Save as Image” to save your entire note as a single image. Post the entire image as a Moments post or to a chat.
Alternatively, now you can choose to share the note directly to Moments. From the upper-right corner menu select “Share on Moments” and your note will be shared to your friends.
3. After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message
Sent a message with a typo? Recall the message, reuse the old content to edit your message and send! When you recall a message in version 6.6, a Re-edit link will appear next to “You’ve recalled a message”. When you tap on the Re-edit link, the message input box will contain the recalled text. Now you can easily modify your original message to correct the typo and send again.
WeChat has been updated to support Apple’s latest release, iPhone X. In addition to a visual design suitable for the unique screen design on iPhone X, additional features include support for Face ID to verify your transactions when using WeChat Pay and an improved design for system notifications when receiving messages on iPhone X.
The Tencent Global Partners Conference was held in Chengdu on Nov 9th 2017, to showcase the robust WeChat ecosystem for partners globally. At the conference, the WeChat team presented the latest key insights below into the WeChat Lifestyle of now 902M daily logged in users.
In celebration of the final day of China’s extended National Day holiday, the WeChat team presents our “WeChat National Day Holiday Data Report”: Which cities had the most people traveling abroad? What were the most popular destinations abroad for tourists this year?
China’s National Day extended holiday has become the most popular period for Chinese tourists to travel each year, and in recent years there has been tremendous growth in the travel industry and in travel to regions and countries abroad.
WeChat aims to connect users to the people they care about around the world. One of the most popular times to connect and call loved ones is during the holidays. This Lunar New Year, users made 2.1 billion minutes of free calls on WeChat – five times more than the previous year.
A total of 46 billion red packets were also exchanged during this Spring Festival holiday.
Learn more about how WeChat users celebrated the holiday in the data report below created by the WeChat team.
WeChat users in 12 countries including the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Thailand and India can now use WeChat Out to make calls to mobile phones and landlines in over 200 countries for nominal rates. WeChat Out is the latest milestone offering of the world’s fastest growing social app with 762 million monthly active users around the world.
New WeChat Out users will receive more than an hour* of free calling credit. And all users can earn even more rewards by participating in our “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” campaign.
One Click to a Free Call
“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” is simple – the more you give, the more you get.
Sometimes you just can’t replace a call or face-to-face chat with friends, whether it be on your mobile or desktop. That’s why in our latest version of WeChat for Windows, we are introducing group voice and video calls now available directly from your PC via WeChat!
Be sure to upgrade now to WeChat for Windows 2.1 to get started and check out all the latest updates.
What’s New in WeChat for Windows 2.1?
1. Place voice and video calls within group chats
2. Send files 4 times as large with the new files size limit increase from 25 MB to now 100MB!
3. Experience the newly designed look of your chat bubbles
4. Enjoy improvements to the embedded browser for a better user experience.
In January, we launched “WeChat Out,” a breakthrough VOIP feature allowing users to make low-rate calls to mobile phones and landlines around the globe via WeChat.
After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from our initial rollout in the United States, India, and Hong Kong, we are excited to announce the official launch of the feature in Thailand, Laos, Macau and Italy. This brings the total countries and regions where WeChat Out is available to seven.
If you are in one of the countries WeChat Out is now available, be sure to update to the latest version and start calling. WeChat will provide free call credit and discounts for you!
What is “WeChat Out”?
“WeChat Out” is a new feature in WeChat that enables calls to landline or mobile phones. Using WeChat Out, users can easily make affordable and high-quality calls from anywhere in the world to anywhere else.
WeChat Out is easy-to-use. Just update to the latest version of the app and navigate to the “Discover” screen to find the new WeChat Out feature. Tap “WeChat Out” and WeChat will show your address book, a dial pad, and your WeChat Out call history. Now placing a call via WeChat is as easy as dialing a few numbers.
Lunar New Year is known as China’s largest holiday. This year was no exception as people in Asia and all around the world ushered in the year of the monkey with WeChat.
Through WeChat, users participated in the holiday’s time honored traditions in new and fun ways.
Red Packets or Lucky Money are gift envelopes stuffed with cash typically exchanged between family and friends. Through WeChat Red Packets, users were able to instead give digital cash in the form of communication. On this Lunar New Year’s Eve alone, over 8 billion Red Packets were sent and received by 420 millions users. This represented eight times more than last year’s holiday.
Read the full “Spring Festival 2016 on WeChat” white paper and learn exactly how WeChat helped family and friends connect this year: CLICK HERE
This Chinese New Year, Hong Kong WeChat users for the first time can spread the joy of giving and receiving Lai See even further with WeChat’s new Red Packet feature. Regardless of how far apart you are from loved ones, no one will have to miss out as we welcome in the year of the Monkey.
Giving & Receiving Red Packets Like a Pro
Aside from just giving set amounts, you can also test the luck of your friends and family through the WeChat Red Packet game! Simply choose a lump sum to send to your chat group and let WeChat randomly assign an amount of money to put in each of your designated Red Packets. Your group will have to be quick-fingered to get your good wishes. Test their luck by grabbing Red Packets like a pro with these tips:
1. Have Your WeChat Wallet Ready
Make sure you download or update to the latest version of WeChat and activate your WeChat Wallet to save the Packet money sent to you. Simply connect your Hong Kong credit card (MasterCard or Visa) with your WeChat Pay account to set a 6-digit pin code, and you are ready to start grabbing Red Packets!
Tens of millions of users send Red Packets (formerly called “Lucky Money” or “Red Envelopes”) stuffed with digital cash to each other every day on WeChat. What is this amazing mobile payments product and how did it get so popular? Learn how WeChat transformed person-to-person payments into a form of communication.
We speak with Stephen Wang, senior product manager at WeChat and Siyu Xiao, the product manager responsible for the most recent redesign of the Red Packets product.
As a follow up to the podcast, in Spring Festival 2015 (February 2015), WeChat delivered over 1 billion Red Packets. Less than one year later during New Year 2016 (January 1, 2016), WeChat users sent each other over 2.3 billion Red Packets.