TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is developing a smartphone


TikTok owner ByteDance wants more than just your viral short videos — it wants to help make the devices you watch them on.The Chinese tech firm said it is developing a smartphone after striking a deal with electronics company Smartisan.ByteDance isn’t trying to be the next big smartphone maker. A company spokeswoman said in a statement that the new device will be “a continuation of plans that were in place” before it began working with Smartisan.

“The focus is on meeting the needs of Smartisan’s existing customer base,” she added.The spokeswoman did not provide further details about the smartphone or which markets it will be sold in.

According to Chinese financial magazine Caijing, the new phone has been in development for seven months.

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