More than 25 million smart devices from more than 2400 hardware makers have connected to WeChat’s hardware platform, the company announced last month (August 2015).

After having signed up more than one billion human accounts, WeChat aims to register all kinds of connected machines, enabling users to interact with their devices through ‘WeChat Public Account’, a platform where developers can build sophisticated functions and features with the available API. In short, a WeChat Public Account can function like a web app.

Since mid-2014 WeChat began releasing APIs and solutions for connected devices that their respective WeChat Public Accounts can add mobile payment (WeChat Payment), speech recognition, customer service and other capabilities.

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