JD.com Unveils Voice-Controlled Smart Home Device

JD.com, China's largest online direct sales company, announced at CES Asia that JD Smart, its recently launched smart device platform and business unit, has added two new smart products to its open ecosystem initiative, which integrates products from a wide range of manufacturers on a seamless smart platform.

JD Smart unveiled its DingDong Smart Speaker, the first product developed by JD.com and iFLYTEK, founded this March. The DingDong Smart Speaker is a voice-controlled device that can pull news, weather, and around 3 million songs and 4 million hours of audio content instantaneously from third-party sources on the Internet and plays them through the high-quality speaker system.

Its voice interface system can also assist in schedule management by setting up alarms, calendars and similar planning tools, all via voice commands. The DingDong Smart Speaker uses the JD+ super app (called "Jingdong Weilian" in Chinese) to allow full voice control of all products in the JD+ ecosystem, centralizing the user experience.

"We've created an ecosystem that allows products from different manufacturers to work together on a seamless smart platform. JD Smart is able to bypass the pain point created when a user's devices can't talk to each other," said Leslie Liu, chief technology officer at JD Smart, in a statement. "The DingDong Smart Speaker leverages the Weilian app we have developed to seamlessly integrate into customers' smart home networks with a single voice command center, avoiding the 'bottleneck' of closed platforms."

JD Smart also welcomed Changhong's EleCloud Wireless Smart Rechargeable Storage Device to its JD+ ecosystem. The device, which similarly leverages the Weilian app, is an external charger for mobile devices that integrates the functionalities of wireless sharing and a high speed flash drive, allowing users to share documents, music and videos simultaneously with up to more than 30 people.

Through its JD+ industry partner program, JD Smart builds partnerships with traditional and early-stage hardware manufacturers around the open JD Smart platform. Currently JD+ includes more than 100 manufacturers, with a total of more than 400 JD Smart-enabled products. 

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