ByteDance, the corporate behind video app TikTok, is reportedly constructing its personal smartphone too. In keeping with two unnamed sources in a Monetary Instances report, the telephone would come preloaded with ByteDance’s many apps — which embody the information aggregator Jinri Toutiao, the ever present TikTok, and based on some rumors, an unreleased streaming music service.
The Monetary Instances says that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of constructing a smartphone filled with preloaded apps. The Beijing-based firm confirmed a cope with telephone maker Smartisan early this yr, saying it had acquired a patent portfolio and employed some Smartisan workers. ByteDance claimed this may assist it “explore the education business,” however this latest information casts the acquisition in a brand new mild.
The report doesn’t provide particulars in regards to the telephone’s design or supposed market, though it means that ByteDance might be hampered by the US authorities’s hostility towards Chinese language telecommunication firms. ByteDance has additionally confronted issues in India, the place TikTok has exploded in reputation — however the authorities briefly banned it for selling “cultural degradation.”
General, the FT report is extremely skeptical of the telephone’s prospects. It notes that Fb and Amazon have launched telephones preloaded with particular apps, however each firms discontinued the pretty unpopular merchandise. Particularly in Fb’s case, customers might merely obtain the apps they wished on different telephones — a problem ByteDance may face as nicely. However, Chinese language selfie app maker Meitu efficiently parlayed a smartphone enterprise right into a cope with Xiaomi.