ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, is reportedly working on its own smartphone, which will come with all of Bytedance’s apps pre-installed. The phone-in-making will also debut with another music streaming app, said a report by Financial Times.
The preloaded ByteDance apps in the upcoming smartphone will include TikTok, chat app Flipchat, video-messaging app Duoshan, Slack-like work messaging app Lark and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao.
Designed for the new generation of creators, Tik Tok is a global video community powered by music. Whether it’s dance, free-style or performance, creators are encouraged to let their imagination run wild and set their expressions free.
There’s no fixed date on when the smartphone will launch now any official confirmation. It is to be noted that Bytedance also has its own suite of media apps in China.
Notably, ByteDance isn’t the first company to make smartphones as a growth hack. China’s largest Selfie app Meitu also builds smartphones pre-loaded with photo editing apps, and recently sold this arm of its business to Xiaomi. Amazon tried this with its Fire Phone (launched in 2014) and Facebook with ‘Home’ (launched in 2013). However, both companies eventually discontinued these products.
To recall, in October last year, ByteDance or Bytemod Pte Ltd raised massive $3 billion in a funding that made the startup become most valuable in the world, beating Uber Technologies.
India is a prime market for Bytedance and its TikTok generates revenues worth millions in the country. This makes India a possible first launch market for Chinese firm.
Earlier this year, TikTok faced a temporary ban in India post the Indian judiciary discovered that TikTok was hosting child pornography related content. The court issued a notice to the Indian government for ensuring the app was taken off from the both the Google PlayStore and Apple App Store. However, Bytedance stated in its defence that it wasn’t opposing the constitution of India and already had tools in place to flag inappropriate stuff.
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