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TikTok’s Parent Firm ‘ByteDance’ Planning to Launch its own Smartphone

ByteDance declined to comment on the development when IANS reached out to the company

TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of TikTok, is planning to venture into the hardware world with its own smartphone.

Rumour mills began speculating after Financial Times reported ByteDance’s smartphone plans citing two undisclosed sources who are familiar with the matter.

Even though a company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, the development is hardly a surprise as smartphone pre-installs have long been a popular way for Chinese Internet companies to ramp up user sizes, TechCrunch reported on Monday.

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of building a smartphone full of pre-loaded special apps.

The company also confirmed a deal with phone-maker Smartisan early in 2019, saying it had acquired a patent portfolio and hired some Smartisan employees.

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

However, the Financial Times report does not offer details about the phone’s design or intended market.

Although it suggests that ByteDance could be hampered by the US government’s hostility towards Chinese telecommunication companies, The Verge reported.

The company has also faced problems in India where its short video maker TikTok app has exploded in popularity but the government briefly banned it for promoting “cultural degradation”.

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The Financial Times notes that Facebook and Amazon have also launched phones pre-loaded with special apps but both companies later discontinued their fairly unpopular products, The Verge added.

ByteDance declined to comment on the development when IANS reached out to the company. (IANS)

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OPPO Set to Launch its New Smartphone with in-display Camera Technology

Meanwhile, another Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has confirmed that the company is working on an in-display front camera

Innovation, OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is all set to launch its new smartphone with in-display camera technology on June 26 during Mobile World Congress 2019 Shanghai, according to media reports on Monday.

According to an image posted on Weibo, a Chinese social network, the comany has shared a video which showcases the evolution of the front-facing camera housing technology for Oppo.

The video shows the rotation selfie camera of Oppo N series, waterdrop notch, the pop-up camera setup on the Oppo Find X and now the shark-fin setup on the Oppo Reno, the GizmoChina reported on Monday.

Innovation, OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. Wikimedia Commons

Right now the name of the in-display device is not clear, but it is believed that the company is working on Find Y and this could be the same.

Meanwhile, another Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has confirmed that the company is working on an in-display front camera.

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In addition, companies Senior VP Wang Xiang had also detailed on how this technology will work. He said that the ‘Xiaomi’s under-display camera technology could be the ultimate solution for a full screen display coexisting with a front camera. (IANS)