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Travel During China’s National Day Holiday: The most remote destination posted to WeChat Moments was from…

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.

 

Let’s take a look together at this year’s data.

 

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Users Ring in the Lunar New Year with 2.1 Billion Minutes of Free Calls on WeChat

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.

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WeChat for Mac 2.1.0 – Free Voice and Video Calling Straight from Your Desktop

WeChat for Mac 2.1Introducing our latest WeChat for Mac update – 2.1.0! Now available for download on your Mac desktop. Call and video chat your friends for free directly on your computer without missing a beat.

 

What’s New in Version 2.1.0?

  • Place voice and video calls for free with friends
  • Convert audio messages into text messages for easy reading (Chinese-only)
  • View our improved screenshot feature
  • Forward and favorite chat scripts
  • Scroll over animated stickers to preview before sending  
  • Enjoy our optimized larger fonts 
  • Easily adjust the height of your input chat field to fit even your longest messages

Be sure to upgrade today to experience all the new WeChat for Mac 2.1.0 features!

Free Global Calling for Thanksgiving – WeChat Out Limited-Time Offer

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you, our users.  Starting today, WeChat users outside China will receive one week of free global calling on WeChat Out!

 

That’s right. As you are enjoying your delicious Thanksgiving meal, share your thanks by calling loved ones in more than 100 countries and regions – absolutely free.

WeChat Out Thanksgiving Offer

Consider this our way of saying thanks! Simply tap the “Discover” tab on your WeChat menu bar  > click “WeChat Out” to access the feature.

 

The holiday season is a time to reconnect with friends and family to express gratitude. Be sure to participate in our holiday offer valid November 24, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us on team WeChat!

“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” with Latest Release of WeChat Out Globally

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.

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1. After upgrading your app version, enter the event screen and tap “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls”

2. Share WeChat Out gift cards with friends

3. Once your friends redeem their gift card and make a call, you’ll receive one too for the same amount you gave. View all your gift cards under My Coupons.

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WeChat for Windows 2.1 – Now with Free Group Voice and Video Calling

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.

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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.

 

“WeChat Out” VOIP Feature Now Rapidly Expanding Around the World

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.

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New Data Revealed – Spring Festival 2016 on WeChat

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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

Hong Kong WeChat Users Can Now Send Red Packets for Chinese New Year

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!

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We Chat About WeChat #5: Red Packets – WeChat’s Secret Weapon in Payments

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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.

 

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We Turned Five Today!

WeChat 5 Years

Today marks a half a decade since WeChat was first introduced. It has been an amazing journey and evolution to now 650M monthly active users around the world.

 

We would like to take this time to say “Thank You” to all our users. You make WeChat what it is today. Look forward to continuing to serve you and your lifestyle.

 

Best,

WeChat Team

 

Caesars Entertainment Showcases WeChat Robot Using ObEN’s Humanized A.I.

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Caesars Entertainment introduces “Ben” the WeChat Robot – a virtual concierge – using ObEN’s proprietary speech technology at The LINQ Hotel located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip during the annual Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 6-9.

 

ObEN, an artificial intelligence (A.I.) company based in Pasadena, Calif., has developed a proprietary deep-learning based speech technology that permits any Internet of Things such as WeChat Robots to communicate in any language and in any voice in a matter of minutes.

 

During CES, visitors and guests of The LINQ Hotel will have the opportunity to converse with “Ben” the WeChat Robot from 7-11 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. on Jan. 6-9 through the WeChat app using an Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by ObEN. To physically interact with “Ben,” guests at the hotel can use the touchscreen on the robot to obtain information on nearby dining, entertainment and nightlife options. Guests can also send a message to the robot by following Caesars Entertainment on WeChat, and “Ben” will speak back to them on-site in real time. Additionally, guests can scan Caesars Entertainment’s WeChat QR code anytime during Jan. 6-9 to engage with the virtual concierge from anywhere and receive information about the wide variety of experiences Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts offer.

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New Year, New Feature: “WeChat Out”

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To ring in the New Year, we’ve launched WeChat Out, a new VOIP feature designed by WeChat to help users call mobile and landlines around the globe at low rates.  WeChat Out is only available for users outside of Mainland China. Currently, the feature is live in the United States, Hong Kong and India, and will cover more countries and regions in the near future.

 

WeChat Out not only provides excellent call quality, but also offers super-low calling rates. With WeChat Out, you can call at any time and anywhere.

 

As our New Year gift to you, we have given you $0.99 USD in calling fees, providing up to 100 minutes of free calls for most numbers around the globe (See Calling Rates in FAQ). Update your version of WeChat and enjoy calling now.

 

A few tips for using WeChat Out:

1. Tap the “+” icon on the top right of the main screen and select WeChat Out

2. Select the mobile contact you’d like to call or dial the number in the dial pad to make a call

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