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Chinese Video Sharing App TikTok Added Nearly 9 cr Indian Users in Q1

Of these new installs in India, Google Play accounted for nearly 99 per cent of downloads

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The company's music streaming service is expected to be priced lower than the $10. VOA

Despite facing flak for sleazy content on its platform, Chinese video sharing app TikTok is continuing its dramatic rise in India, adding 8.86 crore users in the first quarter of 2019, according to a new report.

This was 8.2 times more new installs than TikTok saw in the country in Q1 of last year, according to the analysis by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

Owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, TikTok became controversial in the past for illegally collecting personal information from children in the US and in other places for inappropriate content.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate, the Madras High Court earlier this month asked the Centre to ban the app, saying it “encourages pornography” and is spoiling the future of youths and the minds of children.

TikTok on Friday said as part of its commitment towards providing a positive in-app environment for its users in India, it had removed over six million videos that have violated its “Community Guidelines”.

The short-video sharing app has also introduced its age-gate feature for its new users, which will only allow users aged 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok .

In terms of its reach, TikTok has just had its best first quarter ever, adding an estimated 188 million during Q1, according to data analysis by Sensor Tower.

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

“This marked a year-over-year increase of 70 per cent from Q1 2018, when 110 million users installed ByteDance’s hit app for the first time,” Sensor Tower founder Oliver Yeh wrote in a blog post this week.

“This growth was largely driven by India, where an estimated 88.6 million new users flocked to the app last quarter,” Yeh added.

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Of these new installs in India, Google Play accounted for nearly 99 per cent of downloads.

TikTok was the third most installed app globally during Q1 2019 across the App Store and Google Play, ranking behind only Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

“To date, Sensor Tower data shows that TikTok has been installed by more than 1.1 billion App Store and Google Play users globally, and has grossed $80 million from in-app purchases,” Yeh said. (IANS)

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TikTok Owner ByteDance To Launch Its Own Music Streaming Service

TikTok owner ByteDance plans to introduce its own music streaming service in December

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TikTok owner ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is aiming to take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana with its own music streaming service in India. VOA

Chinese short video making app TikTok owner ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is aiming to take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana, among others, with its own music streaming service in India in December, the media reported.

The company’s music streaming service is expected to be priced lower than the $10 a month that Spotify, Apple and others charge in the US.

ByteDance’s music streaming app will make its way to India, Indonesia and Brazil before entering the US, South China Morning Post reported on Monday quoting Financial Times.

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The company’s music streaming service is expected to be priced lower than its competitors. VOA

The company is currently in talks with big music labels such as Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music to secure global licensing deals.

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Earlier this month, ByteDance, which owns TikTok unveiled its rumoured smartphone named Nut Pro 3 under the Smartisan brand in China.

The device, also known as Jianguo Pro 3, was developed in tandem with smartphone makers Smartisan, and retains the same name as Smartisan’s current line of devices. (IANS)