Qihoo 360 Launches Mobile Messaging Service — Kouxin
BEIJING, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (“Qihoo 360″ or the “Company”) (NYSE: QIHU), the No. 3 internet company in China as measured by active user base, today announced that it has launched “Kouxin” (“Message” in Chinese), a free, real-time cross-platform mobile messaging application for Android, iOS and Symbian smart phones.
Kouxin offers many innovative and convenient features, to:
- Support cross-platform mobile devices, including iOS, Android and Symbian based smart phones and tablets.
- Send/receive text, picture and voice messages free of SMS/MMS charges.
- Expand trusted mobile social relationships through mobile phone address book, “Weibo” invitation and “smart” recommendation.
- Offer group chat and text functions enabling friends, relatives and co-workers to easily communicate with each other.
- Support location sharing among users that enables future Location Based Services (LBS).
- Optimize data communications to ensure fast and effective message delivery through Wi-Fi and mobile data networks.
- Provide intelligent contact list search functions and cloud-based contact list sharing and back-up services.
Kouxin is available for free download at http://www.Kouxin.com.
“We are excited to continue to expand our mobile product offerings, with the addition of Kouxin product” commented Mr. Hongyi Zhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qihoo 360, “We believe Kouxin represents a crucial step as we seek to establish and expand our mobile social networking systems, with its key features such as multi-media messaging, group communications, and location based services. This is also a significant piece of our overall mobile strategy.”
About Qihoo 360
Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is the No. 3 Internet company in China as measured by user base. As of June 2011, the Company had 378 million monthly active Internet users, representing a user penetration rate of 92% in China, according to iResearch. The Company is also the No. 1 provider of Internet and mobile security solutions in China as measured by active user base, according to iResearch. Recognizing security as a fundamental need of Internet and mobile users, Qihoo 360 offers comprehensive high-quality Internet and mobile security solutions free of charge. In addition, Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its industry leading Safe Browser and Application Desktop. Qihoo 360 monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising on its web assets and through Internet value-added services on its open platforms.
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