Barely a month after filing for IPO in the U.S., Chinese social service Momo has backed the launch of English-language app Blupe, marking the company’s expansion into the U.S.

It follows the announcement earlier this year that they would close their English language service in July, raising suspicion that there was a stand-alone app in development.

The Blupe interface is based on user-created interest groups that allow strangers to join communities and interact via a chat interface.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com