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Nguyen Tung Lam, a 16-year-old high school student in Hanoi, uses Japanese mobile messaging service Line to chat with his girlfriend because she "likes the cute icons such as the teddy bear and bunny".
Doan Nguyen Trang, another Vietnamese teenager, prefers South Korea's Kakao Talk app because it is promoted by a wildly popular Korean boy band.
While Facebook Messenger and the Facebook owned Whats App are still dominant globally, the picture changes significantly when you look at countries in East Asia, and Asia as a whole.
And since messaging app use has now surpassed traditional social media use in many ways, app companies that succeed in this rapidly changing part of the world could very well shape how information, and digital communication platforms, are disseminated among widely varying populations (and ultimately controlled) in Asia, and beyond.
Like their western rivals, Kakao Talk, Line and We Chat allow users to send free messages through mobile internet connections but their playful, teen-friendly style has set them apart, driving them to the top of many app download charts.Imagine being able to complete your purchase without leaving the messaging app.Businesses are providing their customers with a convenient, time-saving and easy to use service. There are many different types of chatbots in the ecommerce sphere, made to serve different purposes such as answering customer queries, providing product recommendations, and simplifying online purchases.The next stage of this technological revolution is clear: automated robots that can interact with customers to drive and facilitate sales, simulate human conversation and carry out repetitive tasks. Imagine typing in “what shoes will match this outfit?” followed by a photo of what you’re wearing, and then having the algorithm instantly analyse and respond with three different options that fit your criteria.