WeChat’s Voice Open Platform went live last night that would enable third parties to add speech-based features to their Official WeChat Accounts, or WeChat accounts for businesses or organizations.

The platform was announced half a month ago and now only offers speech recognition SDK for iOS and Android. One developer currently is allowed to register up to ten WeChat-based applications.

Third parties like China’s Merchants Bank and Tencent’s own services, QQ Music and Soso Maps, have integrated speech recognition and speech-to-text capabilities into their WeChat accounts.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com