We’ve previously written about smart hardware platforms in China, most of which come from the big Chinese internet companies. They all want the newly emerging smart gadgets and home appliances to be compatible with their platform – for instance, WeChat, the leading Chinese mobile messaging app, has released an API for connected hardware that enables users to remote control smart devices through WeChat public accounts.

For the traditional home appliance and hardware industry, hiring some developers to build software is easy, but having the devices work well with application software isn’t. For the software developer-turned hardware manufacturers, most of them need to learn about electronic parts and industrial design from scratch, which is no easy task.

Here come third parties with experience in both hardware and software development who can bridge this knowledge and experience gap. Within this burgeoning sector, friendly competition is expected for who will be the “MediaTek for the smart home”. (Taiwan-based MediaTek largely fuelled the mobile phone boom in mainland China with its cutting edge system-on-a-chip technology).

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Tracey Xiang

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