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WeChat reaches 1M mini programs, half the size of Apple’s App Store

They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent’s mini program initiative to develop ‘apps’ that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked two notable landmarks: 200 million daily users and one million apps.
In recent years, Tencent’s WeChat messaging app has blossomed into a universe of its own with a myriad of services that span from food delivery to getting loans. But the Chinese messaging app wants to lock users in for longer — and its mini program scheme appears to show promise.
Back in January 2017, Tencent introduced “mini programs,” which are essentially lightweight apps that run inside WeChat. When you need to hail a cab, for example, instead of downloading the standalone Didi Chuxing app, you can summon its mini program on WeChat in the blink of an eye.
WeChat has now clocked over one million such mini programs, Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma revealed today at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. That makes its ecosystem half the size of the Apple App Store, which recorded 2.1 million apps in April.
Meanwhile, 200 million users are active on WeChat mini programs every day. That’s an impressive number when you consider that China has a total of 800 million internet users.
WeChat reaches 1M mini programs, half the size of Apple’s App Store
Feel like shopping on JD.com but don’t have the app installed? Simply pull up its WeChat mini program
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