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Latest technologies transforming global mobile communication


12-04-2014 10:34 BJT

More than 10,000 tech leaders from 40 countries are gathered in San Francisco to discuss the mobile future at The Global Mobile Internet Conference, which has also brought in innovative entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on both the US and Chinese start-up ecosystem.

Building a successful tech company is increasingly becoming an international competition for the best and brightest.

Mobvoi has been dubbed the "Chinese Siri" for its years of work in Chinese voice recognition.Today, it is officially launching Ticwear, the first Chinese Smartwatch operating system.



Mobvoi was started by former Google engineers and scientists, which has influenced the look and a feel of its Beijing office.

From day one, it has been funded by Sequoia Capital, the Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm that's backed everything from Google to PayPal.

"Well, this is Silicon Valley," Mobvoi's co-founder Li Yuanyuan said. "This is where all the innovation starts. We want to kick off this product here to attract the smart phone developers, we want to bring good smart phone apps back to China and also getting to know the market here in the Valley is going to help us to better understand what the trends are going to be in China."

The Global Mobile Internet Conference began in Beijing in 2009. It has now spread across the world to become the largest mobile conference in Silicon Valley. The goal is cross-border cooperation.

One start-up creating a youthful buzz is SnapLingo. The app creates a platform for children in China and the US to learn language and communicate with each other through text and voice.

"We give kids a daily mission," SnapLingo's founder Don Cai said.

"If you complete the mission you get virtual rewards. And by completing the daily mission, we get kids to practice Chinese, practice foreign language, five minutes a day. And the kids are intrinsically motivated to talk to someone in China and vice versa."

The app has caught the attention of the vice chairman of the education entertainment company LeapFrog.

"We have a lot of Chinese speaking English but hardly any Americans speaking Chinese, and so we really need to promote that for better world understanding, I think," LeapFrog's vice chairman Tom Kalinske said.

Kalinske says the education tech space is increasingly drawing the interest of venture capitalists because its potential to make money and transform the world.

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