WeChat Mini Programs have revolutionised the way we use mobile apps. With this technology, you can have an experience as smooth as a native iOS or Android app without downloading and managing it. Tencent, the company behind WeChat, has a vision of building an ecosystem of online services and products that can be interfaced with the offline world.
In China, WeChat Mini Programs have taken the market by storm. These mini-applications are built within the WeChat platform and allow third-party companies to provide advanced features to users that can run within the app. They are considered as WeChat's own "app within an app" with two benefits: instant loading and ease of use. They don't take up memory on your phone, and users never need to leave the WeChat application.
WeChat Mini Programs are based on the "super app" model, which enables WeChat to bundle features and capabilities into a single mobile native app. Users can access a large range of applications and services, such as e-commerce, games, productivity, reading content, and more, without leaving WeChat. The cross-functionality ecosystem around it is progressively positioning this "super app" as a "(social) operating system" for everyday life.
The technology inherent in WeChat Mini Programs is mobile, instant, light, and integrated within the WeChat ecosystem. It eliminates the barrier to entry of downloading and installing apps, enhancing the user experience with WeChat features and APIs. Mini Programs are a kind of app that doesn't need to be downloaded or installed to be used. Users just scan or search to open the app. They "use it then go," so you needn't worry about installing too many apps. Apps can be absolutely everywhere, and you can use them anytime, but you don't need to install anything.
WeChat Mini Programs have capabilities to embed WeChat Pay, e-commerce features with WeChat JS SDK integration, livestreaming, interface with offline connected objects, geo-location, social connections, notifications, and many more. With WeChat Mini Programs, Tencent has created an app store within an app, and the possibilities are endless.