WeChat tops BlackBerry download chart in SA

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Instant messaging and social networking app WeChat has put out a press release today, celebrating the fact that it is currently the most downloaded app in the BlackBerry World app store for South Africa. While the company won’t reveal how many users it has, it does say that it’s experienced five times the number of sign-ups and tripled daily activity since the start of an advertising campaign featuring footballer Lionel Messi.

WeChat is made by Chinese gaming goliath Tencent, and ultimately owned by the parent company of News24. Local MD Brett Loubser has told us several times of his ambition to make it the number one chat application in South Africa. According to the firm’s most recent figures released early July, it has 70m users outside of China, and around 420 million users worldwide.

It’s even made it in to the htxt.africa office where one staff member uses it religiously. One advantage it has over rival IM clients like BBM and Whatsapp is that WeChat does have a desktop client of sorts, accessible by a web browser.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.