China is quickly becoming a market known for the number of Apps it creates– and that brands create for it. But who uses these apps and how do they integrate with daily life?

Here is a look at the type of App that is most popular in Tier 1&2 cities versus Tier 3&4 cities.

T1 Apps

In Tier 1 & 2 cities, which are more developed, Instant messaging, search and video are the top three apps. This is followed closely by new portals from individuals, emails and online shopping.

T3 Apps


In Tier 3 & 4 cities, consisting of more rural communities generally use instant chatting, online video and search applications. Online gaming also ranks high (no.5, the same as T 1&2). News from official news sources are preferred to individuals’ portals, video downloading and photo sharing are also high.