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Video chat has become the preferred way to connect in any long-distance relationship, romantic or otherwise. Weixin is looking to find users in a crowded room full of FaceTime, Skype, and other popular apps. With fast performance and enough cool features, it makes a convincing case for itself.
Setting up an account takes only a few seconds and is even quicker if you sign up with your Facebook account. Adding your friends is just as easy, as you can search your existing accounts to add to your friends list and contacts. You can even find contacts through scanning QR codes or shaking your phone against another person's with the app open. No matter how you get your friends' contact information, the video quality on Weixin is just as good as any other service. You can even share videos, pictures, and other media without hitting any text fees.
With 200 million users already and the service enabling Facebook Connect, Weixin could become a premiere video chat app for sure. It matches the big names in video chat when it comes to features, support, and style. It just needs all of your friends for it to work better than Skype for you.
Basic Functions- Send hold-to-talk voice messages, text messages, pictures and videos- Enjoy group chat up to 20 people- Find friends through QQ contact list , phone book, and LBS- Support China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan and US phone numbers- Available for iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPad, iPad2 etc.- Simple registration through phone number, email address or QQ ID- Support Wi-Fi and 3G data network- Power saving, low data consumption, able to send over hundreds of voice messages- Built-in gorgeous filtered effects, transform your photos into works of art and share with friendsExtended Functions through Plug-ins- Shake: match people who shake at the same time- Drift Bottle: share your messages to the world anonymously and make new friends- Contact Backup : back up your contact list to cloud service, and restore it at any time- Look Around : find out who is around you and make new friends- QQ offline messages: when your QQ is offline, Weixin can help catch your messages and keep you always updated- Tencent Weibo: support sending and receiving messages from Tencent Weibo- Friend recommendation: recommend friends to you from QQ or phone contact list- QQ Mail Notifications: alert you when new mails come to your QQ mailbox and you can read the mails right away- Voice Notes: not only save your voice memo, but also keep your pictures and texts in a convenient wayRecent changes:- Shake: match people who shake at the same time- Drift Bottle: share your messages to the world anonymously and make new friendsContent rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version: - Shake: match people who shake at the same time- Drift Bottle: share your messages to the world anonymously and make new friends
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"Must-have communication app for communicating in China"
Version: Weixin 3.1
-Image and video (can take within app or send from device)
-Name card and other misc. features
Can chat using:
-Audio: "Walkie talkie" (short recorded audio)
-Video (just like skype)
-Group text messaging
Follow friends on "Moments," a Facebook wall-style stream
Also has some other features that I don't use too often, like QR scanner and lots of ways to find people nearby or at random (...I can only guess what these are for)
Also, it's free.
No desktop version.
This app is used by millions of people in China, and is not spyware.
"CAREFUL - Spyware!"
Version: Weixin 3.1
- nothing (see below)
- seemed very practical at first, but then turned out to be a spy tool; used the expression "free speech" - connection reset, tried more: "Democracy" - connection reset, "Tibet" - connection reset... This Thing is controlling what you write and censors it!
- deinstalled but it's still running! This thing hijacked my tablet, had to format and reinstall everything!
- DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!
As I have many friends in China I wanted to try out Weixin to stay in touch (as the Communist terror government has cut them off Facebook and the like). When I saw that it's Tencent, suspicion grew but unfortunately I was stupid enough to still try it...
It seems to work perfectly... You have a great tool to contact many friends in many way... Until you figure out, that the communists are deciding for you what you are allowed to talk about... I mentioned "free speech" in a Chat between me (in Switzerland) and a friend (in Germany) - the server reset the connection!!! We tried many more expressions after that ("Democracy", "freedom", "Tibet", and more) always the same: I was cut from the server, so was my friend!
Deinstalled it immediatly when I figured this out. Later checked the Task Manager for something else, guess what I found... WEIXIN WAS STILL RUNNING THERE - weeks after I had deinstalled it!
This is an extremely dangerous spytool, DO NOT USE!!!