Alibaba Group announced that its YunOS will enter the smart wearable device market with the launch of YunOS for Wear.
According to Gu Zhicheng, head of smart hardware for the YunOS business unit, YunOS for Wear can be applied to smart wearable products unilaterally or paired with smartphones and external apps.
Gu said YunOS for Wear provides research and development infrastructure to smart watch manufacturers. This system is based on the Alibaba Group user account system and it integrates various services from Tmall, Alipay, and AutoNavi.
Using Alibaba's basic platform facilities, developers can implement related development for the operating system to extend the services offered to users. At the same time, YunOS for Wear can upload users' health and sports data to cloud storage services. Smart watches using YunOS for Wear can support offline payment and payment by scanning with NFC services.
Manufacturers like inWatch and Oband have already launched their smart watch products based on YunOS for Wear. Moreover, YunOS also signed strategic cooperation agreements with Chinese chip makers, solution designers, and hardware device makers, including Ingenic and Gomtel.