Applications Android utiles en Chine
Once in China, if you do not control the language of the country , your smartphone and its 3G connection will quickly become your best friends!
To prepare yourself, here is a non-exhaustive list of small applications that I advise you to have and which may be helpful for traveling or simply to discuss with Chinese people. Being very addicted to phone, they spend a lot of time on it, especially in transport and exchange a lot through social networks.
Clarification: Here I talk about applications under Android. For iOS and WP, some are perhaps not available.
Useful applications in everyday life:
Google Map: This application will easily allow you to enter an address in Chinese , for yourself of for the taxi driver.
Baidu Map: this application, more or less equivalent to Google Maps, it will be very useful once taken in hand, to find the different bus routes and stops. You can follow the path of a specific bus line from start to its terminus.
Although entirely in Chinese, the application is simple to use.
Google Traduction : translation from English to Chinese is sometimes necessary to be understood. A handy feature of Google translation is the translation of text based on a photo, tested and approved very useful for translating a restaurant menu written only in Chinese characters!
Pleco : Pleco is a translation software, like Google Translation, but more advanced. I also used more Pleco for its accuracy, which offers different meanings and existing writing of a word (ie a word in Chinese can have different meanings and different characters depending on the tone used.)
Pleco is also very convenient to find a definition for a character when you do not know pinyin, simply « just » draw.
As I said at the beginning, Chinese are very player of instant messaging and social networking software.
The two main social networks found in China are:
Weibo: the equivalent of Twitter.
Renren: the equivalent of Facebook.
In addition to these two social networks, there are applications that allow you to share photos, music or just messages to contacts, the equivalent of a Facebook wall but specific to these applications.
If you want to have contact with the Chinese, you must be one of the following applications:
International QQ: http://www.imqq.com/
QQ exists Mobile and Desktop version both have an international version and a fully Chinese version (I advise you to start the international version)
WeChat are only mobile application.
Clarification regarding WeChat: the French already present in China (. Students, STA etc) are all on WeChat, it is usually by groups that organize outings and information flows between French.
During your travels in China, the following applications can you strong beings helpful
Trip Advisor: Allows you to find attractions, restaurants and other activities that are of interest in the city you are visiting. Very handy to organize visits daily or to plan ahead.
Ctrip : Ctrip est sûrement le site le plus utilisé par les étrangers pour réserver des billets de train, des hôtels ou des billets d’avion. L’application mobile ne permet, pour le moment, que de réserver des hôtels ou des billets d’avions, mais cela peut toujours servir si vous avez besoin de trouver un hôtel dans le coin où vous êtes.
Ctrip: Ctrip is probably the site most used by foreigners to book train tickets, hotels and tickets. The mobile application only allows, for the moment, booking hotels and air tickets, but it can still be used if you need to find a hotel in the area where you are.
Author Olivier Mascort