JD.com, the Amazon-like Chinese online retailer, has developed a Cloud platform,JCloud, for smart hardware products and smart home appliances in-house that will officially be launched later this month.

The largest online retailer of China by market cap has been building a platform for smart hardware, which even includes an incubation program, called JD+, and has helped smart gadgets made in or outside China such as fitness tracking gadget Shine achieve high-volume sales.

The Cloud platform, like many others, will offer Cloud storage and data analytics services. With the addition of this, JD.com will be providing almost everything smart hardware makers big and small need, from funding, component parts like WiFi chips, to distribution channels.

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