WeChat, or Weixin, unveiled a solution named WeChat Smart Life today. We’ve long heard that WeChat has been developing solutions in order to be the hub of people’s lives or even the Internet of Things. But the announcement today looks more like a response to what Alibaba announced yesterday.

WeChat want eight categories of businesses or services to adopt the solution to build sophisticated features onto their WeChat public accounts, providing services to customers directly or manage customers.

Alipay Wallet, starting from a mobile payment service, now has all kinds of mobile features. It also has a platform similar to WeChat’s public account platform. So the eight categories, as shown below, will be the businesses the two Chinese Internet giants fight for.

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Tracey Xiang

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