Kuaishou (Chinese: 快手) is a Chinese video sharing app, developed by Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co., Ltd. In addition to China, it has also gained considerable popularity in other markets: it has topped the Google Play and Apple App Store "most downloaded" lists in eight countries outside of China. It is often referred to as "Kwai" in overseas markets.
Kuaishou's predecessor, "GIF Kuaishou", was founded in March 2011. GIF Kuaishou was a mobile application created to make and share GIF pictures. In November 2012, Kuaishou transformed into a short video community, and a platform for users to record and share videos depicting their everyday lives. By 2013, the app had already reached 100 million daily users. By 2019, that figure had surpassed 200 million active daily users.
Kuaishou has a particularly strong user base among users outside of China's tier 1 cities.
Kuaishou was founded by Su Hua and Cheng Yixiao. Prior to co-founding Kuaishou, Su Hua had worked for both Google and Baidu as an engineer. The company is headquartered in Haidian District, Beijing, China.
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