This is part one in a series exploring China’s hardware landscape and the companies that will drive next century’s hardware innovation.

JD.com, China’s leading online retailer, claims to have had 40% of China’s smart hardware market in terms of sales as of July 2015.

It’s undoubtably the primary platform for Chinese makers to debut and sell their smart hardware products. It has totaled more than 1000 smart gadgets, with 95% launching there.

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Tracey Xiang

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