Several months ago WeChat launched a voice open platform for third parties to add capabilities such as speech recognition and speech-to-text conversion into their WeChat accounts — with WeChat APIs, WeChat official accounts, which include Subscription Accounts and Service Accounts, are able to develop into sophisticated webapps.

This week WeChat released an image recognition SDK.

Since the 5.0 version, which was launched in August last year, WeChat has been able to recognize books, music albums, or other goods by scanning covers or packages. The results pages of some goods also include links that will direct you to e-commerce sites for purchase.

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Tracey Xiang

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