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Meet LingLong DingDong Chinese Answer To Amazon Echo

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LingLong DingDong

The DingDong, made by LingLong costs just $118 and comes with a hilarious name, plays music and audiobooks, and manages schedules much like Amazon’s Echo. It’s operated largely the same way, to boot. To wake the device, one of three commands will work: DingDong DingDong, Xiaowei Xiaowei, or BaiLing BaiLing. Once awake, it’s capable of doing much of what the Echo does, only it’s currently clearly lacking in developer support. So far, LingLong reports, customers are primarily using it to play music from a library of about three million songs.

LingLong engineers were already working on the device — it’s not a knockoff, or a copy of Amazon’s design, although senior marketing manager Charlie Liu did say Amazon’s launch influenced some of their decision-making.

The DingDong is capable of understanding both Cantonese and Mandarin, but not in the same unit. Due to the language engine’s complexity, it can’t include both in one device.


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