News Summary: Messaging apps show Asia mobile rise

News Summary: Smartphone messaging apps amass millions of users in Asia

POPULAR: A handful of smartphone apps that began as basic instant messaging services have amassed several hundred million users in Asia in just a couple of years. They have branched into games, e-commerce, celebrity news and other areas.

COMPETITION: It's a challenge to the popularity of online hangouts such as Facebook.

SIGNIFICANCE: The rapid growth of such applications shows that people are increasingly going online using mobile phones and other wireless devices.


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