FILE PHOTO: WeChat mascots are displayed inside Tencent office at the TIT Creativity Industry Zone in Guangzhou, China May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

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Tencent-owned WeChat now boasts over 1 million mini programs, growing 72% from 580,000 in January 2018, according to Tencent CEO Pony Ma, per TechCrunch.

The Chinese chat platform launched mini programs — stripped-down apps that can be launched within WeChat’s messaging interface — in January 2017, providing users with a one-stop shop for virtually all of their mobile needs, including retail, gaming, e-commerce, and government services.

The growth shows that WeChat’s offerings are quickly nearing the scale of traditional app stores. At 1 million mini programs, WeChat’s mini program ecosystem is nearly half as large as Apple’s App Store, which offered 2.1 million apps as of April 2018.

Furthermore, WeChat achieved this scale in less than two years, whereas it took Apple five years to reach1 million. This suggests that it’s only a matter of time before the Chinese tech giant eclipses traditional app stores.

As WeChat mini programs grow, consumers will likely start turning to the platform over traditional app stores, as …read more

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