In a joint effort from China Telecom and Netease.com, a new instant messaging tool called Yixin debuted on Aug 19, 2013 in Beijing. The new messaging service will take on WeChat, the popular IM app from Tencent. A three-way race between WeChat, Fetion and Yixin will dominate China’s OTT market providing users with even more messaging options, said Xinhuanet.com.
WeMeet (Weimi in Chinese) is Sina’s answer to WeChat. It’s developed by Hangzhou Kuyue Tech which Sina invested in. According to Charles Chao, CEO of Sina, the social app, allowing users to chat, subscribe to news and other forms of content, share pictures, etc., is focused on group messaging. Users can import contacts from Sina Weibo and mobile address book.