We’ve always been open about using Chinese manufacturers. For instance, the manufacturer that we use for Wyze Cam v2 and Wyze Cam Pan also works with companies like Xiaomi and iSmartAlarm. It’s not a parent company. We’re our own thing!
Given that we don’t have a Chinese parent company, it super isn’t impacting push notifications. If you are having trouble with that, you may want to send in logs so we can investigate. Sorry for the trouble!
Yeah, Hualai is one of their manufacturers/suppliers (not a parent company nor a subsidiary). You can actually get some good hints about what Wyze might offer soon by following what their suppliers are offering. I knew about the LED lightstrips several weeks before launch because I saw Hualai promoting it, and I told some guys that I bet Wyze was launching them soon.
Most of Wyze’s known suppliers are indeed based in China, which isn’t surprising given Wyze’s dedication to providing things at the lowest price possible. They also have suppliers from Malaysia and Vietnam. While parts of the firmware/SDK’s might be pre-developed, most of the firmware is customized by Wyze and they maintain control over the software/firmware/connectivity/access, so there is no reason to believe a place like the Chinese Govenment has access to anything any more than they would any other company one could choose.
I previously made a list of several other known Wyze suppliers (and which products we know they supply) for some of the other products Wyze offers. There are at least 12 from overseas that we know of (at least 12 that send shipments by ship)…though we don’t have known public records for their local business dealings. I could only find the records for overseas shipments. Here’s my post about all the known suppliers I could find for them if you want to see who else they use besides Hualai too:
China is a big place. I don’t think quality across all of China is any more consistent than the US. Anyways. I thought it was well known Wyze sourced their cams from China. I remember a video they put out at one point, celebrating their trip to shenzhen and strolling the market of cheap electronics for something they could buy in bulk and sell in the US.
I think the point of the video was that the company from its inception was intended to sell some cheap Chinese electronic device in the US and they really didn’t care if it was camera or a phone charger, or a vibrator, and it was basically happenstance that it was a camera. They selected the cube cam because it had the greatest value to US consumers for the price they paid in China, and the rest was history.
They probably still do this. It would sure explain why the product suite is so varied and random. I swear I don’t know if its a joke or not when they announce a new product.
It’s all about Quality Control, regardless of where you are. Take for example iPhones that are manufactured in China. Apple has a strict QC process (and of course manufacturing process) that minimizes the issues of devices brought to market. This QC process is not just for electronic. It’s the same for high end branded clothing and other things that are made in China and other places.
Don’t get people started on Quality Control for “Tech company” Tesla that makes their products in the US.
You’re absolutely right (although I’d probably use the word “inexpensive”). This is Wyze’s business model. So many people think they can dictate to a company what a company should be, just because they started with a camera. Do we complain that Apple now makes phones, watches, earphones, TVs (driver), and maybe a car soon? How dare they being a desktop computer company they started with?
Wyze is full of possibilities! I wouldn’t be surprised! There are vibes out there that you can “share control” with others just like you share access to your cameras. Just don’t ask me how I know. lol Wyze can probably integrate with the camera live view and other sensors to trigger actions.