ByteDance parent Company, behind video social app TikTok, is reportedly creating its own smartphone too. As per to two unnamed sources in a Financial Times report stated- the phone would come preloaded with ByteDance’s so many apps which involved the news completeness JinriToutiao, the ever-present TikTok, and according to several rumours, an unreleased streaming music service appS.
The Financial Times stated that Zhang Yiming who is a CEO of ByteDance has long dreamt of developing a smartphone full of preloaded social apps. The Beijing-based firm confirmed a deal with phone developer Smartisan earlier this year, saying it had acquired a patent portfolio and hired some Smartisan employees. ByteDance declared this would help it explore the education business but the current newscasts the purchase in a new light as well.
However, the news report doesn’t provide such details about the cell phone’s design, features or intended market, although it advised that ByteDance could be hampered by the US government’s hostility toward Chinese telecommunication companies. ByteDance has also faced some issues in India, where TikTok has exploded in popularity as well — but the government concisely banned it for promoting cultural degradation.
Overall, the FT report stated that- it is highly skeptical of the phone’s features. It notes that Facebook and Amazon have started phones preloaded with special social apps, but both companies discontinued fairly unfamiliar products. Specifically, in Facebook’s case, end users could easily download the social apps they wanted on other phones; a challenge ByteDance might face as well. On the other part of the news- Chinese selfie app creator Meitu successfully parlayed a smartphone business into a deal with Xiaomi phone.