Chinese mobile apps are leading the way when it comes to innovation, contrary to popular belief.

These cutting-edge apps can take over Snapchat’s filters any time. With the creativity of its developers, these apps are sure to blow you away.

Chinese mobile apps top 10

Today, we will cover the top 10 Chinese mobile apps, their features, and their audience. We also included their international counterparts so you can understand each app better.

1. WeChat

Chinese mobile apps WeChat

Tencent’s WeChat is the superstar of Chinese mobile apps with 889 million users. It’s always compared to Whatsapp, but WeChat is more than a messaging app. Here you can play games, stay in touch with your friends, shop, and pay your bills.

WeChat’s ‘Moments’ is a perfect blend of Twitter and Facebook. It lets you see your friends’ posts, like them, and comment on them.

Tencent is also the world’s largest gaming company, so the games in WeChat are excellent and addicting. Some games like Dragon Warrior are even in 3D.

WeChat is available for both Android and iOS users.

2. QQ

Chinese mobile apps QQ

QQ is an instant messaging service (IM) which is also developed by Tencent. It currently has 868 million monthly active users. Though it can be compared to Yahoo, QQ has cooler features like online social games, shopping, music and QQ Wallet. QQ Wallet lets you experience innovative payment, including online shopping and bank transfer.

QQ is available to Android, iOS, and Windows users.

3. Baidu

Chinese mobile apps Baidu

Baidu is one of the largest internet companies in the world. Like Google, Baidu offers a search engine for websites, audio files, and images. However, Baidu focuses on the Chinese local market, news, and events. It also has unique offerings such as a missing person search and senior citizen search.

Baidu Baike is an online, collaboratively built encyclopedia like Wikipedia. Only registered Baidu users can edit the content of Baidu Baike.

They also have Baidu Music, which can be compared to Apple Music. It has more than 150 million active monthly users.

Android and iOS users can install and enjoy Baidu on their phones.

4. Taobao
Chinese mobile apps Taobao

Taobao is owned by Alibaba Group and China’s leading online shopping platform. It’s a bigger and faster version of Amazon. It has 400 million active users, and 60 percent of them are under 30 years old.

Unlike other international online shopping apps, Taobao can deliver your order within hours. Their tracking system is also convenient. It’s being updated within minutes, and the app will send you a notification once your package arrives.

Taobao is available on Google Playstore and iTunes.

5. UC browser

Chinese mobile apps UC browser

UC browser is the most popular mobile browser in China and also owned by Alibaba. It can be compared to the famous Google Chrome and Safari. But unlike the two giant apps, UC browser has customized themes that can give you a more personalized view.

Downloading files is also faster in UC browser. It also has data compression feature, ad block, and speed booster.

Both Android and iOS users can enjoy this app.

6. QQ Browser

Chinese mobile apps QQ

QQ browser is the rival of UC browser and the second most popular mobile browser. It can be compared to Safari and Google Chrome as well. Like UC browser, it also has an easy to use interface.

QQ browser can be installed on both Android and iOS phones.

7. Tencent Video
Chinese mobile apps Tencent Video

Tencent Video is a popular video sharing platform and is equivalent to Youtube. It’s also HBO’s exclusive partner in China.

This mobile app has been on a roll recently. It surpassed Youku, the most popular Chinese video platform, in terms of mobile market share.

Tencent Video is available in Google Playstore and iTunes.

8. Alipay

Chinese mobile apps Alipay

Alipay is the leading third-party payment platform in China. It’s similar to Paypal, but Alipay is packed with more features. You can use Alipay to transfer money, pay utility bills, even buy a bus ticket. All these transactions are free.

Alipay is available for both Android and iOS users.

9. 360 Security

Chinese mobile apps 360 Security

Like Avast Mobile Security, 360 Security is an antivirus and memory management app. It has 641 million users. It helps owners clean their mobile storage and stop computer viruses.

Both Android and iOS users can install this app.

10. YouKu

Chinese mobile apps YouKu

Youku is the biggest online video media source and considered as Youtube’s counterpart in China. Though it’s slowly losing to Tencent Video, Youku still has millions of viewers. Youku has partnered with over 1,500 license holders, including tv stations, distributors, and film production companies in China that upload content on the site.

What’s your favorite Chinese mobile app? Do you use it for your marketing strategy? Tell us in the comments.

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Rose Tornandeso is a freelance writer from Manila, Philippines. She spends her time as the Editor and Content Creator for NextStep Hub. When she's not chasing deadlines, she visits art galleries, writes fictions, and plays legos with her son.