TikTok plans to launch smartphone July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news
TikTok, the Chinese social network with multiple controversies plans to develop a smartphone. According to the Reuters news agency, an agreement has been signed with the manufacturer Smartisan Technology. It is however indicated that the development plans would be prior to the merger between the two companies: “this product was a continuation of the Smartisan plans, which aimed to meet the needs of the old Smartisan user base“A spokesperson said. The Chinese newspaper Caijing also reported that the project has been in the cards for more than 7 months.
Anyway, we have no details on how the TikTok smartphone works or on its specifics to distinguish it on the crowded segment of the smartphone. Given the elements reported on several occasions, we can express some reservations about data protection or risks for users. Remember for the record that Facebook had attempted the adventure in 2013 by developing a specific interface for the HTC First. This ended in a monumental failure with only 15,000 copies sold when the phone was offered at 99 dollars …
In recent months, ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok has diversified its activity with Douyin, a video broadcasting application. But she also owns musical.ly and News Republic. This Chinese startup has a record valuation of more than $ 75 billion.