Tencent Plans to Use Mobile Services to Connect and Work with Appliances
Shenzhen based and the second largest internet company in China, Tencent Holdings Ltd. is now planning to connect ovens, air conditioners and other appliances to their WeChat and QQ instant messaging services in their bid to expand its mobile application store. The company is working with appliance manufacturers and third party developers to allow its users to remotely control home hardware using their phone and tablets.
Mark Ren the chief operating officer at the Tencent Global Partner Conference stated that there are plans to build application platforms that so far attracted 2.4 million third party programs. The company is pushing for its instant messaging services QQ and WeChat to be the distribution channels for money making apps besides its mobiles services and games which are their biggest sales generator. The Company has already hired 5 million outside developers and employees at several startups to help create the apps for the planned platforms and to attract more of the half billion mobile internet users.
Tencent’s open platform will start accepting all smart hardware devices and is setting up a hardware platform for WeChat and QQ instant messaging. Mobile game revenue has increased 67 percent or up to 3 billion yuan in just three months compared to a quarter earlier. The success and the money making from the two apps has actually assisting in boosting Tencent’s Market value which made it the largest Asian Internet Company by market value behind Alibaba Group Holdings.