China’s e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba announced today that it entered partnership with Chinese leading home appliance maker Midea. Under the deal, Midea will manufacture home appliances with Internet access, while Alibaba will be responsible for the R&D and operation of a dedicated platform under Aliyun to support these smart appliances.

The two parties planned to jointly release the first batch of their products under the brand of Midea Smart Air Conditioner on Tmall March 19. These smart air conditioners feature three kinds of outlooks in eight models.

Alibaba disclosed that users will be able to control these air conditioners on Alibaba’s services like IM tool Laiwang and mobile payment app AliPay Wallet from April at the earliest. The users can voice-control the air conditioners to switch on/off, adjust the temperature and humidity, check power consumption conditions, etc.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.