The mobile version had 576 million monthly active users as of the end of 2014, an increase of 33 per cent over a year earlier.
Riding on the back on China’s mobile user base, it has remained a wildly popular platform for chatting, gaming and also shopping, though its growth is much slower than its stablemate We Chat.
The country’s rapid growth in mobile internet usage and a smartphone user base exceeding 843 million has launched a new wave of smartphone mobile chat services that can be used to channel traffic to many other apps and websites.
Tencent has since expanded the app into a mobile platform, with payment, gaming and social media services.
Tencent’s QQ was first released in 1999 under the name of OICQ, which was changed to QQ after the threat of a trademark infringement lawsuit by ICQ, the owned by AOL.
It is used as a question to find out the age, sex (or gender), and general location of the person one is talking to.
This concept brings up ethical questions regarding users "chang[ing their] identity, adopt[ing] new personalities and keep[ing] dreams and fantasies virtually real" in the internet world.