WeChat 5.0 for iOS is now available for download. WeChat 5.0 for Android will be launched later.
WeChat, which has 70 million registered user accounts, says WeChat 5.0 features Sticker Shop which is supported by online payment.
App users will benefit as it allows users to download and pay for stickers via the platform.
In addition, the new WeChat 5.0 features Hold Together, a location based service that allows users to connect friends who are in close proximity.
Features such as Shake and People Nearby enable users to connect with friends with a touch of the screen.
The new version has upgraded Adding Contacts function and a refined Quick Entry for the group chat function.
“Through the new WeChat 5.0, we are aiming at taking the platform to the next level making it more than just a simple chatting app and enriching the user experience by being a truly mobile social platform,” said Poshu Yeung, vice president at International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app.