WeChat has partnered with Western Union, a leader in global payment services, to offer WeChat users in the United States the ability to send and receive money cross-border to 200 countries and territories via the company’s WU Connect platform.
The partnership marks WeChat as the first social communication application to provide a technology platform to support person-to-person cross-border money transfer capabilities to more than 200 countries and territories. The capability is now available to WeChat users in the United States, with planned rollouts to additional countries in the future.
Curious who the average WeChat user is and what their day looks like? We recently revealed new data giving an inside look at what the WeChat Lifestyle means for our users around the world.
An average of 570 million users log in to WeChat each day (September 2015). Additionally WeChat’s daily active users (users who interact with another account) has grown by 64 percent in a single year. Whether it be to purchase goods, track exercise activity, catch up on news or stay connected to friends, users are utilizing WeChat for so much more than just messaging.
WeChat users are not only young, but also social, with 60 percent of users between the ages of 15-29 years old and having an average of 128 friends in the app.
A Day in the Life of a Typical User
With the sophisticated features launched on Weixin, WeChat’s sister product in China, a typical day for a user looks like this.
During their day, they use key features of WeChat and Weixin to make their lives easier:
Staying connected with all your friends just got easier with video calling – now for groups. With WeChat 6.3.5 for iOS, WeChatters can start a video call in a group chat with up to nine people or choose audio only for group voice calls. We’re also introducing Group Notices and new enhancements to the WeRun-WeChat Official Account fitness tracker.
Video & Voice Call for Groups
Talk face-to-face with up to nine friends all at once with FREE video calling now for groups. Simply choose to turn off “Video” for a group voice call.
Within a group chat, click the + menu and select “Video Call.”
Choose members to join.
Wait for friends to accept your invite and then start chatting.
A security flaw, caused by an external malware, was recently discovered affecting iOS users only on WeChat version 6.2.5. This flaw has been repaired and will not affect users who install or upgrade WeChat version 6.2.6 or greater, currently available on the iOS App Store. Here are some important points about the situation.
The flaw, described in recent media reports, only affects WeChat v6.2.5 for iOS. Newer versions of WeChat (versions 6.2.6 or greater) are not affected.
A preliminary investigation into the flaw has revealed that there has been no theft and leakage of users’ information or money, but the WeChat team will continue to closely monitor the situation.
The WeChat tech team has extensive experience combating attempts to hack our systems. Once the security flaw was discovered, the team immediately took steps to secure against any theft of user information.
Users who encounter any issues can contact the team by leaving feedback in the “WeChat Team” WeChat account.
We’re excited to share with you WeChat 6.2.5 for iOS. With this update, WeChatters can now create and save rich media messages under their “Favorites,” or send them to another conversation. The rich media message format allows WeChatters to combine texts, images, locations and audio messages all into one simple message.
Create and Save Rich Media Messages
Whether you’re working on a reminder or a message for someone special, it’s fast and easy to create and save rich media messages under your “Favorites.”
WeChat celebrated its official Myanmar launch in Yangon last week with its latest user, popular A-list hip-hop artist, Sai Sai.
“In Myanmar, we’re aware that there’s an increasing need for efficient communications and social interactions in people’s personal and professional lives,” said Poshu Yeung, VP of International Business at Tencent, the company behind WeChat. “We’re proud to offer Myanmar users a new, creative and free medium to express themselves and connect with the world.”
Sai Sai is the first celebrity in Myanmar to have an official WeChat account and soon to be released set of animated stickers. At the launch party, he invited fans to share a piece of the spotlight by bringing them up on stage and taking photos with them.
With the support of WeChat, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) introduces a new payment channel to support world emergency relief work via WeChat’s advanced Payment Platform. This innovative partnership will enable donors to make contributions to emergency relief efforts on their smartphones simply and efficiently.
The new WeChat donation function supports UNICEF’s recent initiatives, such as the Cyclone Pam situation in Vanuatu, the ongoing Syria crisis and the recent Nepal Earthquake. By improving fundraising efficiency, WeChat and UNICEF are empowering millennials to become more involved in relief work and to give back to the global community.
“Social media is now indispensable for youth. The introduction of WeChat Payment will help cultivate support for UNICEF HK from youngsters and provide a more convenient and effective channel for public donations, supporting UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work,” said Mr. David Fong, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of UNICEF HK.
When it comes to communication, we’re focused on making the experience faster, better and easier for WeChatters all over the world. That’s why we’re eager to introduce WeChat 6.2 for iOS and Android, now with translation for Moments. We’ve also simplified the chat history migration process when switching to a new device, added a new photo picker tool to make sending images even faster, included a few upgrades for Android Wear and much more.
Have you ever forgotten a password and been locked out of your account?
With the endless list of apps and online accounts today, all of which require a password for security and identification measures, it’s no wonder we sometimes forget that magic password.
To make life easier for all our WeChatters out there, we would like to introduce Voiceprint – a voice recognition system that can be used to log in to your WeChat account, available on Android and iOS. Just like your fingerprint, your voice is unique and once you’ve enabled this cool feature, our smart systems can recognize your specific voice and intonations to verify your identity.
Everyone could use extra cash and WeChat’s recent strategic investment in M4JAM (Money for Jam), a microjobbing service, will help you do exactly that.
Launched in August 2014, M4JAM has grown quickly in South Africa through its promise of ‘Easy Work. Easy Money’ and is now preparing to expand globally. Andre Hugo, co-founder and Chief Jammer at M4JAM, says they are ready to focus on creating even more jobs across different sectors globally with the support of WeChat.
“With the opportunity to earn extra cash and supplement their incomes, our jobbers are strongly invested in our platform, providing real insights, in real-time and solving real business issues for companies. This begs the question of brands – can we afford not to be on-board?” Hugo says.
How Does it Work?
The jobber’s quality of work determines their M4JAM’s jobber rankings. A higher rank helps to get higher paying jobs, leading to more extra cash.