TikTok – which is currently being investigated in the UK for tailing the presence of “sexual predators” in the app is currently the fourth largest social media platform, trailing only big names like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
The social network (which is known as DouYin in China ) has invested heavily in recent years in content creation tools to make the user experience even more interesting for creators as well.
One such venture is, for example, the acquisition of startup Jukedek, which works with artificial intelligence applied to music.
As one of the few Chinese apps to succeed abroad, especially in countries like India and the US, much of its growth is due to the parent company behind it: ByteDance.
Speaking of which, its founder Zhang Yimming recently confirmed long-planned plans to finally debut in the smartphone market.
According to information released by Reuters this morning, the firm will continue a previous deal with Smartisan, where both will work together to create a smartphone that is apparently in development for seven months.
As part of the deal, ByteDance hired a number of Smartisan employees, who joined the firm bringing patents for the brand’s first smartphone that should eventually expand its software-only hardware business. A company spokesman said, however, that the product will have nothing to do with TikTok:
Reports of a smartphone being developed refer to plans for the continuation of a previously agreed partnership between ByteDance and Smartisan.
The product has no connection to TikTok and its focus is on delivering what Smartisan’s current user base needs.
Despite the seven months in development, unfortunately, we still have no design leaks or specifications regarding the upcoming device.