TikTok parent ByteDance is reportedly making a smartphone

ByteDance, the company behind the TikTok video application, is also building its own smartphone. According to two anonymous sources in a report of Financial Times the phone would come preloaded with many applications of ByteDance, which include the news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, the ubiquitous TikTok, and according to some rumors, an uninterrupted service of streaming music

The Financial Times says that ByteDance CEO, Zhang Yiming, has "dreamed for a long time" with the construction of a smartphone full of preloaded applications. The Beijing-based company confirmed an agreement with smartisan phone maker earlier this year, saying it had acquired a patent portfolio and had hired some Smartisan employees. ByteDance said that this would help "explore the education business", but this recent news throws a new perspective to the market.

The report does not provide details about the intended design or market of the phone, although it suggests that ByteDance could be. hindered by the hostility of the United States government towards Chinese telecommunications companies. ByteDance has also faced problems in India, where TikTok has grown in popularity, but the government briefly banned it for promoting "cultural degradation."

In general, the report FT is highly skeptical of the prospects of the telephone. Take note that Facebook and Amazon have launched preloaded phones with special applications, but both companies suspended the rather unpopular products. Especially in the case of Facebook, users could simply download the applications they wanted on other phones, a challenge that ByteDance could also face. On the other hand, the Chinese manufacturer of selfie applications Meitu managed to get a smartphone business to reach an agreement with Xiaomi.

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