TENCENT QQ, also known as QQ, is an instant messaging software
service developed by the Chinese company
Tencent Holdings Limited . QQ
also offers services that provide online social games , music ,
shopping , microblogging , movies, and group and voice chat . The
software uses a logo of a small penguin wearing a red scarf.
As of April 2014, over 200 million simultaneous online QQ users were
recorded. At the end of June 2016, there were 899 million active QQ
* 1 Stable releases
* 2 History
* 2.1 Membership
* 3 Q Coin
* 4 Modifications
* 5 QQ International
* 5.1 Windows
* 5.2 Android
* 5.3 iOS
* 5.4 Partnerships
* 6 Web QQ
* 6.1 Social network website
* 7 Open source and cross-platform clients
* 8 Merchandise
* 9 Related characteristics
* 10 Controversies and criticisms
* 10.1 Dispute with
* 10.2 Government surveillance
* 11 Security
* 12 See also
* 13 References
* 14 External links
February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
Windows XP , Vista , 7 , 8 , 8.1 , 10
QQ Mac (Native/International) 5.4.1
January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)
QQ International 2.11
January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)
Windows XP , Vista , 7 , 8 , 8.1
QQ for Android 6.6.9
January 17, 2017 (2017-01-17)
QQ International for Android 5.1.2
December 26, 2016 (2016-12-26)
January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)
iOS (iPhone , iPod Touch )
QQ HD 6.5.0
January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)
iOS (iPad )
QQ Windows Phone 5.3
November 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)
Tencent QQ was first released in China in February 1999 under the
name of O
ICQ ("Open ICQ", a reference to the early IM service
After the threat of a trademark infringement lawsuit by the AOL
-owned ICQ, the product's name was changed to QQ (with "Q" and "QQ"
used to stand for the word "cute"). The software inherited existing
ICQ with additional features such as software skins,
people's images, and motions. QQ was first released as a "network
paging " real-time communications service. Other mainly free features
were later added, such as chatrooms , games, personal avatars (similar
to "Meego" in MSN), online storage , and
Internet dating services.
The official client runs on
Microsoft Windows and a beta public
version was launched for Mac
OS X version 10.4.9 or newer. Formerly,
two web versions, WebQQ (full version) and WebQQ Mini (Lite version),
which made use of Ajax , were available. Development, support, and
availability of WebQQ Mini, however, have since been discontinued. On
31 July 2008,
Tencent released an official client for Linux, but this
has not since been kept in step with the Windows version and it is not
capable of voice chat .
In response to competition with
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger , Tencent
Tencent Messenger, which is for business people. It also
provides, in limited form, features that are only available to premium
members in normal QQ. A beta version of QQ is currently available for
Symbian S60 3rd Edition.
Tencent QQ holds the
Guinness World Record for the highest number of
simultaneous online users on an instant messaging program with
210,212,085 users online on July 3, 2014.
Tencent's QQ Group also manages numerous other software applications,
such as the
Qzone social network, QQ Mail, QQ Music, QQ Pinyin input
method , QQ Computer Management, QQ Browser, QQ Dictionary, and
Tencent stopped its free membership registration, requiring
all new members to pay a fee. In 2003, however, this decision was
reversed due to pressure from other instant messaging services such as
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger and Sina UC .
Tencent currently offers a
premium membership scheme, which offers features such as QQ mobile,
ringtone downloads, and SMS sending/receiving. In addition, Tencent
offers "Diamond" level memberships. Currently, there are seven diamond
* Red for the QQ Show service which features some superficial
abilities such as having a colored account name .
* Yellow to obtain extra storage and decorations in
Qzone —a blog
* Blue to obtain special abilities in the game-plays of QQ games.
* Purple for obtaining special abilities in games including QQ
Speed, QQ Nana, and QQ Tang
* Pink for having different boosts in the pet-raising game called QQ
* Green for using QQ music—a service for users to stream music
* VIP for having extra features in the chat client such as removing
* Black for gaining benefits related to DNF (Dungeon
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