LingLong DingDong is a gadget with a funny name, but what it does is far from it. It challenges the amazing Google Home and Amazon Echo. China is a huge market for any technology related product, and a thing which Google and Amazon smart speakers cannot do is speak their language. But DingDong can. LingLong is a company which is a joint venture between iPlytek and JD.com, and its first product LingLong is their answer to Google Home and Amazon Echo. A Wired report says, “The company claims the DingDong understands roughly 95 percent of the population.” LingLong DingDong, at 9.5 inches length, weighs almost 1.3 kgs and is available in black, white, purple and red colour variants. The smart home speaker costs $118 which is around Rs 8,000.
The smart home speakers like these can be used to control appliances in the house, make enquiries about outside conditions like traffic and weather, play music etc. A BBC report says, “The makers of DingDong have also been promoting its educational tools, including being programmed with simple English lessons for children developed by a private education company.” According to the report in WIRED, LingLong is planning to imbibe artificial intelligence to DingDong and take on the competition to Echo and Home even further. It is also reported to be open to third party developers so that it reaches the pulling capability at lower costs. The report also says that LingLong may also work with Amazon to incorporate DingDong into Echo, which will help Amazon make inroads into China, a high potential market. WIRED quoted the head of Sales and Marketing, Lv Fang, as saying, “If they (Amazon) want to sell the Echo in China, maybe they will use our voice engine.”
Amazon’s Echo is a device which controls home appliances which include electricals by using smart voice activation tech. Echo by Apple has been a surprise success as many companies which manufacture smart-home appliances have integrated this device. Even Alphabet Inc, part of Google had recently brought the ‘Google Home’ device at the annual I/O developer conference in 2016, two years after Amazon.
According to Wired report, LingLong hopes to work with Amazon to put DingDong into Echo. This could pave the way for Amazon to bring Echo into the Chinese market. The site quoted Lv Fang, head of sales and marketing, who said, “If they want to sell the Echo in China, maybe they will use our voice engine.”