Why type to search for nearby restaurants, hotels or even toilets using a tiny keyboard when you can just speak to your phone. That’s the premise of the new, free Chumenwenwen voice search application that is available on multiple platforms including WeChat, the most popular mobile messaging app in China.

“We now have more than 200,000 users, and the figure is rapidly expanding now “said Yizhou Zhu, 26, the co-founder of Shanghai-based startup Mobvoi. Graduated from Stanford University, he chose to devote himself in startups focusing on mobile voice search. The product Chumenwenwen means “go out and ask” in Chinese, which indicates its two salient features: mobile and voice search.  The motivation to launch a start-up and cash in on the growing need in mobile voice search in the world’s largest Internet market was not uncommon.

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