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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

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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.

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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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Apple Plans to Unveil “Completely Wireless” iPhone

Furthermore, a note also mentions the five new phones that Apple will release in the year 2020

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Recently, the J.P. Morgan report claimed that in 2021, Apple could change how it releases iPhones. The iPhone maker could decide to release phones twice a year, instead of the single release in the fall. Pixabay

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Apple is planning to launch a “completely wireless” iPhone in 2021, suggesting that the iPhone maker is not switching to USB-C, but rather dropping the port entirely.

“Apple will create more differentiation between the highest-end and high-end models. It will benefit the shipment of the highest-end model and iPhone ASP. Among new 2H21 iPhone models, we expect that the highest-end model would cancel the [Lightning] port and provide the completely wireless experience,” Kuo said in a research note, MacRumors reported recently.

Furthermore, the note also mentions the five new phones that Apple will release in the year 2020.

One 6.7-inch high-end iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one entry-level 5.4-inch iPhone, each of which would also have support for Sub-6GHz and/or mmWave 5G.

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Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Apple is planning to launch a “completely wireless” iPhone in 2021, suggesting that the iPhone maker is not switching to USB-C, but rather dropping the port entirely. Pixabay

Kuo also expects a new iPhone SE to be coming sometime in the first half of 2020. It is expected to have a 4.7-inch display and mimic the size and design of the iPhone 8 with updated internals, and an updated single camera.

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Recently, the J.P. Morgan report claimed that in 2021, Apple could change how it releases iPhones. The iPhone maker could decide to release phones twice a year, instead of the single release in the fall. (IANS)