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Chinese apps: Ordinary for Chinese, amazing for foreigners

By Shan Xin  (People's Daily Online)    16:27, July 26, 2017

(The Google engineer was testing the "Pailitao" app)

A Google engineer was amazed by a Chinese app called “Pailitao,” which was introduced at the 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in U.S. state of Hawaii.

This AI app launched by Alibaba has an image search feature that the engineer used to search for shoes. The image was recognized by Taobao, which quickly showed the product and prices.

A Facebook user said it must be easy for Chinese to find the same clothes of pop stars and that it takes him an entire afternoon just to find a hat.

It is said that Chinese language, traditional culture, and apps are the three biggest attractions in China.

Times Magazine has reported the boom of China’s beauty apps in the West. The New York Times even wrote a piece on how to use them.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Best Actress in Oscar Brie Larson posted a hand-painted selfie produced by BeautyCam on social media, getting over ten thousand likes in just two hours. “If you find fascinating selfies all over the Internet, thank Chinese apps.”

(The screenshot of the Meitu selfies)

Chinese beauty app Meitu Xiuxiu is hugely popular in Russia, Sputnik reported, because it allows Russians to apply filters to minimize pores. Necks can be stretched and pinched, chins can be shortened, and eyes can be rounded.

The Global Times reported that Brazil is the seventh largest consumer of Meitu phones, which feature BeautyCam. The marketing manager for Meitu phones in Brazil said Brazilians love beauty and used to pay attention to American beauty apps before discovering Chinese apps.

The makers of the Meitu said their mission is to make the world a more beautiful place.

Michelin from the Pacific island of Samoa has been in China for three years. She said she loves Chinese take-out apps the most, such as Meituan and Elema. “I have too many choices. I feel inconvenient when back home, as we have to call the restaurants and it is troublesome to select food in different restaurants.”

(The screenshot of the street interview)

A foreigner once said in a street interview that he was amazed that even cooking devices can be delivered with food when he ordered a hotpot.

A manager from a French broadcasting company said the boom of Chinese apps relies on its tech innovation and data. “China sets a good example for the world”, he said. 

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