“The WeChat app has almost a billion users, and many of them use it all day. So why isn’t the company everywhere by now?” Asks Bloomberg.
“Tencent has also tried to expand globally the natural way, by introducing its products in different countries. But some of the very things that make it a juggernaut at home have handicapped it elsewhere. Design, for example: Chinese users have developed an affinity for complex bundles of features jammed into dense, supersized apps. In the U.S., where there are different streamlined apps for booking movie tickets, ordering meals, reading news, and so forth, it’s a much tougher sell.”
“Perhaps Tencent’s greatest hope for overseas expansion rests with the increasing number of its Chinese users moving or traveling abroad and carrying the gospel of WeChat with them.”