Technology available in selected apps
QR codes, first designed for the automotive industry in Japan, are a type of matrix barcode gaining popularity commercially due to their quick readability and generous storage space.
Mobile text and voice messaging service WeChat was one of the pioneers of incorporating the technology into everyday use for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows-based operating systems. Today, over 438 million users can use smartphones to scan QR codes and add new contacts to their WeChat accounts.
The addition of QR codes onto business cards is an emerging trend. QR codes may prove to be the logical next step for users to view and share digital content easily.