ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is said to be working on Smartphone, as per report by two unnamed sources from the company. According to reports, the phone would come preloaded with Bytedance’s many apps.
Founder of ByteDance Zhang Yiming “has long dreamt of a phone with ByteDance apps pre-installed” on the Smartphone’s. The preloaded ByteDance apps include the news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, the ubiquitous TikTok and an unreleased streaming music service.
ByteDance cleared that this would help it “explore the education business,” but this recent news casts the purchase in a new light. The Beijing-based company claimed a deal with phone maker Smartisan early this year, saying it had acquired a patent portfolio and hired some Smartisan employees.
According to reports, the ByteDance could be hinder by the US government’s antagonism toward Chinese telecommunication companies. ByteDance has also faced problems in India, where TikTok has detonated in popularity and government banned it for promoting “cultural degradation.”
TikTok reported to be the most popular app on Apple iPhone and iPad. In March, TikTok was downloaded 33 million times. It was downloaded by 88.2 million times on Google play store.