Beijing LingLong has unveiled the DingDong, an Amazon Echo copy that speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
(CCM) — A Chinese company has unveiled its answer to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home: a smart home speaker that goes by the name of the LingLong DingDong, reports the BBC. Like the Echo and the Home, the DingDong can play music, carry out internet searches, retrieve weather forecasts, and interact with home appliances, by following voice commands given in Cantonese, Mandarin, and basic English. Analysts at Juniper Research believe that the Chinese smart home market could be worth almost $23 billion in 2018. The device can reportedly be activated using the voice command "Dingdong dingdong." Beijing LingLong, the company that makes the device, is owned by an online retailer that is selling the device for 698 yuan ($100), according to the report. This compares favorably to the Echo, which retails at $179, and the Home, which Google intends to sell for $129.
The BBC says that Beijing LingLong has been promoting the DingDong's educational credentials, including its ability to give simple English lessons developed by a private education company to children. Amazon's Echo (and Echo Dot variant) are currently only available to purchase in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany, while Google's Home is only available in the U.S. The LingLong DingDong is only available in China, but it has attracted global attention on social media thanks to its unusual name.
Image: © Beijing LingLong.