Smartphones are the first computing devices for many people in China. Users like buying things, exchanging messages and sending money through apps. It is on this note that China is at the forefront as far as mobile tech is concerned.
Facebook is intensifying its effort on including the aptitude to sleet rides and effect payments in its Messenger app. KIK and Messenger services on the other hand, make use of bar codes that resemble drunken checkerboards to share information and also link people with a snap of their Smartphone cameras. Also, Twitter and Facebook have started live-streaming video.
All of the developments identified above have one particular thing in common: This is the fact that technology was originally popularized in China.
Both AliPay and WeChat are the two Chinese apps that have long utilized the bar-code resemblance symbols – referred to as QR codes – to allow users to pay for purchases and transfer money.
The two allow users to order a pizza or hail a taxi without having to switch to another app. YY.com, the video-streaming service has made online stars of young Chinese people singing, chatting and posing in front of video cameras at home for years.
The tech industry of China – mostly its mobile businesses – has pulled ahead of the United States in some ways. A number of Western tech companies and the behemoths are seeking ideas from the Chinese firms.
Mobile Tech Revolution in China
China now has a greater say as far as the universal tech industry direction is concerned. More people in China are already using their mobile devices to order services, find dates, pay their bills and watch videos than anywhere else in the world. Mobile payments in the China last year exceeded those in the United States.
This cutting edge in mobile tech in China witnessed the automated ordering and payments which cuts down on waiters tremendously. Just a waiter will be needed to assist in the restaurant and one to help with seating in the future.
Industry leaders identify many areas where China limped first. For instance, people in China used Momo app to flirt with close by singles, before dating app Tinder was popular.
On the other hand, both young and old people in China were buying goods, paying bills, reimbursing each other and investing with digital wallets on their Smartphones, before Venmo became the app of choice for people to transfer money in the US.
Frankly speaking, the belief that China copies from the U.S. have not been true for many years, and it is the opposite in mobile tech: the truth is that U.S. always copies China. Moreover, Smartphones are the most important – and frequently the priority in China – computing device for the more than 600 million who have them in China as a lot of the Chinese never bought a personal computer
While tech firms highlight simplicity in their apps in the United States, the three main major Internet companies in China – WeChat parent Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba – vie to make a single app with as many features as they can add into it.