xenmaster's asian apps

As an American, I am often surprised about what is popular in other parts of the world. Since China blocks so many services commonly used in the US, they have had to develop their own ecosystem of apps that replicate the same functions as those popular in the US. Still, there are other countries, like India, Russia, Taiwan, and Thailand that use different apps just because, for whatever reason, they became more popular. Here's my list, currently deeply in progress, but will update frequently. For diversity!


  • Chinese Apps

    Currently missing are taobao, douban, alipay, kugou, iqiyi, and weibo. Looks like I have my work today adding apps!

    Note that pretty much all of these applications probably have deep relationships with the Chinese government, which means they are most likely monitored and censored as a result.

  • WeChat

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Blackberry ... Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Website

    VOIP service by Tencent that can make free video and voice calls no matter where you are.

     

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  • UC Browser

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    UC mobile offers free and easy to use browsers for almost any mobile phone. UC Browser is one of the most popular mobile browsers in the world!

    Features:

    • Wi-Fi Sharing:
      You can transfer files between phones and computers conveniently under the same Wi-Fi network.

    • Watch Offline:
      Save time and data usage by making videos available offline, so you can watch them later.

    • Cloud Download:
      Cloud Download offers easier downloads, with all files supported and a faster download speed.

    • Change themes:
      Shake to Change Theme: Download themes from the theme center and then shake to change between them.

    • Brand-new Home Page:
      Organize shortcuts on homepage, just like the way you organize apps on your device, e.g. long press and drag them into folder.

    • Download & File Manager:
      Fast and stable download speed, with convenient file management. Running the browser in the background will not interrupt downloading tasks. Downloaded files can be identified and opened with the corresponding applications.

    • Smart Detection:
      Before you start downloading a file that is not compatible with the phone, the user will get a prompt to avoid wasting time and data usage.

    • Incognito Browsing:
      Protect your privacy with incognito browsing, browsing data will not be saved in your device.

    • Quick Reads:
      Quick Reads is a RSS Reader integrated in UC Browser, it keeps you up to date with news from NY Times, CNN, USA Today etc.

    • Facebook/Twitter/Evernote Integration:
      Share the pages you like to Facebook/Twitter/Evernote.

    • QR Code Scan:
      QR Code Scanner is available in UC Browser.

    • AutoFill:
      Suggestions will be shown once you start typing in the address bar.

    Note: PC Desktop, IPhone, Java phone have been discontinued. Android's version is still supported.

     

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  • Baidu

    Free Web Website

    Baidu is a Chinese search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including Baidu Baike, an online collaboratively-built encyclopedia, and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum.

     

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  • PUBG

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Steam Playstation ... Xbox Website

    PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS aka PUBG is a multiplayer, first-person battle royal shooter set on a massive, 8x8 km island where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies to survive a battle and remain the last man standing.

     

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  • Alibaba.com

    Free Web Android iPhone Windows Phone Website

    Alibaba.com is a global e-commerce platform that connects buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online.
    Search products, view recommendations, contact suppliers and display your products on the go!

    Key Features:
    1.Search millions of items wherever you are
    2.Send suppliers inquiries
    3.Photograph and upload product pictures directly
    4.Get personalized recommendations

     

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  • Tencent QQ

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... Windows Phone iPad Facebook Website

    Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over 856.2 million users. In April 2010, QQ.com ranked 10th overall in Alexas internet rankings.

     

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