Tencent renamed Soso Maps, its mapping product, Tencent Maps and released new features, including in-house maps and group-buying service, today. Soso Maps was developed by Soso Search team at Tencent. Earlier this year Tencent made a strategic investment in Sogou and decided to merge Soso Search into the latter.

Now Tencent Maps offer APIs for Web services and SDKs for mobile apps. WeChat Official Accounts can add map features to their accounts with the SDKs.

Tencent was one of the first in China that used camera car to collect images and built a Google Street View-like service in late 2011 (It also adopted some data from City8). An API for Tencent Maps Street View is available for web services and WeChat Official Accounts. Baidu, the Chinese search giant who owns one of the most popular mapping services in China, announced to build a street view product too earlier this year.

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Tracey Xiang

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