Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

ByteDance Plans TikTok Smartphone

People are seen at the Bytedance Technology booth at the Digital China exhibition in Fuzhou Fujian province China Owner of Chinese Video Sharing App Tik Tok Developing Own Smartphone- Reports REUTERS Stringer
Emmett Howard | 30 May, 2019, 14:25

Smartphone app pre-installs have always been a popular way for software companies in China to increase their apps' user bases, and with the popularity of TikTok, it wants to leverage that app's star power to push a smartphone with the company's other apps on it.

The Financial Times says that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has "long dreamt" of building a smartphone full of preloaded apps.

According to Nashville News one of the most important app builders in the world is developing its own mobile phone. With this new report in mind, the deal with Smartisan might be helpful to ByteDance for making its own smartphone as well. The move is being made as Chinese technology companies are concerned about the effects of U.S. export bans on Huawei and are trying to support themselves with their own equipment. While the Chinese company has been extraordinarily successful in software, experts reckon that its smartphone might meet the same fate as some of its American peers' - namely Facebook and Amazon - past devices.

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Analysts, however, are cautious about ByteDance's hardware ambitions. Buyers similarly shunned Amazon's Fire phone, which was pulled a year after launch. During the Duoshan launch event in January, ByteDance management said its short video app TikTok's monthly active users had exceeded 500 million. The development follows Bytedance's acquisition of several patents originally filed by the Chinese phonemaker Smartisan, as well as the recruitment of some of its staff, the FT added. But despite racking up huge numbers of downloads - passing 1bn in March - it has run up against regulators in India and the USA, where it was fined a record $5.7m by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly illegally collecting personal information from children.

Hence, companies like ByteDance, reportedly the world's most valuable startup ($75 billion) right now, are increasing self-dependence.

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