A more comfortable life is launched, powered by smarter technology
Home gadgets are becoming more user-friendly as applications are simplified and better coordinated
Su Ying, a technology expert from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, is always eager to try out the latest sophisticated smart hardware products. For example, he has over 50 smart home devices in his house, but they’re not always as smart as he thinks they should be.
“Smart home devices must be controlled through four different apps under separate management. Although I can now use an app to turn off the lights in the living room while I’m physically in the bedroom, and allow the use of door locks for my family members, I encountered three major problems,” Su said.
All the management has to be done through the smartphone, and it is extremely cumbersome to connect the phone to 50 other smart home devices. During this time, the connections are unstable. “When there are more than 10 smart devices, I started getting dizzy, and in fact, many of them are used less and end up as unnecessary decorations,” he added.
Su is among a growing number of Chinese consumers eager to embrace smart home products, making the country’s smart home industry even more promising in the coming years.
China’s smart home device shipments will grow 17.1% year-over-year to top 260 million units in 2022 as smart home optimization and upgrades pick up continue, according to the American market research company International Data Corp.
Shipments are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.4 percent to reach 540 million units in 2025, and the market size will then exceed 800 billion yuan ($115.8 billion), IDC said.
The trend is in line with a global report by US personalized communications service provider Plume. The company has found that home technology users have a growing appetite for the Internet of Things and smart home technologies. Specifically, globally, the average number of connected devices per household stood at 17.1 at the end of June 2022, up 10% from the same period a year earlier.
As Su’s problems become more and more common among the consumer group, “we expect smart home technologies to accelerate upgrades due to the rise of a service market fully managed as well as evolving user-device interactions, connectivity upgrades, and expanding sales channels,” said Quorra Liu, Senior Market Analyst for Device Research, IDC China. .
IDC said 5G and artificial intelligence will play a key role in strengthening the connection of different smart home devices in various application scenarios and facilitating the interaction between humans and machines.
Other cutting-edge technologies, such as voice interaction and facial recognition, have been gradually applied in smart speakers, security monitoring equipment and other smart home devices to enhance user experience and enrich their duties, IDC added.
And that is exactly how Chinese companies are working to solve problems.
They work hard to strengthen their product solutions powered by new technologies. Huawei Technologies Co, for example, unveiled its smart home project offering a complete set of smart home devices to cover an area of 550 square meters in total, including living room, kitchen, office, gym home, an entertainment room and a garage.
Shao Yang, Chief Strategy Officer of Huawei’s Device Business Group, said the company aims to transform the device-centric approach into a people-centric approach, namely letting the home space accommodate people and better serve users.
Huawei aims to enable every home user to obtain the most comfortable and smartest service by integrating home spaces and devices in an orderly manner, unlike the traditional methods of installing independent and unconnected smart products, said the society.
Specifically, using wireless technologies, Huawei’s products, including phones, PCs, tablets, watches, smart speakers and smart TVs, are integrated with products from Huawei ecosystem partners. to deliver a comfortable, intelligent and immersive smart home experience, the company said.
In the living room, all it takes is a few words to wake up the smart assistant and activate Back Home mode. In this mode, air purifiers and warm lighting are turned on, and even the curtains are closed. These connected devices can all be controlled using the same smart assistant, Huawei said.
In the kitchen, consumers can find a full range of home appliances powered by the Huawei-developed operating system, HarmonyOS, Shao said, adding that by simply tapping the phones lightly against these appliances, connections are made. Air cookers, food processors and other kitchen appliances have built-in recipes, making it easier than ever to cook like a top chef.
These functions are partially enabled by HarmonyOS. Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s Device Business Group and CEO of the company’s Smart Automotive Solutions business unit, said in July that more than 300 million of the company’s devices are now powered by HarmonyOS. 2, making it the fastest growing operating system in the world. .
Meanwhile, more than 170 million third-party products equipped with HarmonyOS Connect for IoT functionality have also been shipped from factories to retailers across China, Yu said.
Xiang Jiangxu, vice president and chief technology officer of home appliance maker Midea’s IoT business, said: HarmonyOS covered “almost all categories of our products” – some 200 varieties – last year.