ByteDance, the company behind TikTok’s video app, is reportedly building its own smartphone too.
According to two unnamed sources in a Financial Times report, the phone would come equipped with many apps from ByteDance — including the media site Jinri Toutiao, the Famous TikTok, and, according to several rumors, an unrevealed streaming music service too.
The Financial Times suggests that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of developing a smartphone full of preconfigured apps. The company stated a deal with telephone manufacturer Smartisan earlier this year, stating it had developed a patent portfolio and recruited some Smartisan employees. ByteDance asserted this would help “explore the education business,” but this latest news throws the purchase.
The article does not provide detailed information on the design or industry of the phone, since it suggests that ByteDance may be hindered by the aggression of the United states government to Chinese telecom companies. ByteDance has already faced challenges in India, where TikTok has crashed in popularity— but for promoting “cultural degradation,” the administration has briefly banned it.
Source : The Verge