WeChat updates to 5.0, gets Sticker Shop

WeChat has launched WeChat 5.0 with the Sticker Shop, which allows users to download and pay for stickers via the online platform.

Poshu Yeung, vice president of the international business group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app, said last week that WeChat 5.0 moves the platform beyond a simple chatting app and enriches the user experience by being a truly mobile social platform.

There are many new key features, such as making sharing web pages to Facebook easier for those who have linked their Facebook account to their WeChat. A revamped "official accounts" user interface makes it more convenient for users to group brand accounts into one single category, reducing clutter in chat screens. A new "save messages" function allows users to keep sentimental text and voice messages and photos.

Connecting people in an innovative way, WeChat became the most downloaded mobile social app on App Store last month in numerous countries including the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

WeChat 5.0 for iOS is now available for download and will be ready at a later date for Android.