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Mini Programs / Instant Apps: how Baidu, Alibaba, Bytedance and Phone Makers fare compared to Tencent’s?

Qunar Mini Program - WeChat vs Alipay vs Baidu vs Xiaomi Fast App
Qunar去哪儿 Mini Programs: WeChat vs Alipay vs Baidu vs Xiaomi fast app. Can you spot the differences?

Timeline

DateUpdatesSource / more details
February 2019Taobao (Alibaba) have started boasting 3rd parties to develop Mini Program on their ecosystem.WalktheChat
January 2019By Jan 2019, Alibaba released some data about its Mini Program 4 months after launch:
– 500 million Mini Program users
– 170 million daily active users
– 43% 7-day retention rate
WalktheChat
December 2018Douyin (Bytedance) launches mini-program feature (only functional on Android)Technode
September 2018– Public release of Alibaba (Alipay) Mini Programs: access to Zhima Credit Score + 1Bn RMB fund allocated to the new division
– Private beta of Toutiao Mini Programs > one of the biggest content distribution App in China
July 2018 Private beta of Baidu Mini Programs > search engine traffic and solid AI toolkit
March 2018 9 Chinese phone manufacturers join forces to issue an OS-level light app standard
August 2017Private beta of Alibaba MPs
January 2017Public release of WeChat Mini Programs
2015Google issues the first Progressive Web Apps (PWA) standardization draft
Updated on 2019-05-09

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