TikTok owner ByteDance has confirmed previous reports that it is planning to produce a smartphone make a deal with Smartisan earlier this year in which it acquired a number of its patents and employees. In responses given to Reuters, a company spokesperson described the phone as "a continuation of previous Smartisan plans, aimed at meeting the needs of the old Smartisan user base."
It is not really surprising that ByteDance is considering introducing a different product category, especially since that is already the case expanded to messages and allegedly think about launching a music streaming service. Previous reports suggested that both apps should be pre-installed on the ByteDance phone alongside TikTok, the app behind the company's explosive growth.
Previous attempts by mainly service-based companies to switch to hardware did not go particularly well. Facebook has never given a follow-up to the phone it produced in collaboration with HTC, and the less that is said about the Amazon Fire Phone, the better. There is also the continuing question about the role of Chinese companies in producing smartphones for a global audience, as well as the difficulties that TikTok is experiencing in its international expansion. Still, ByteDance & Tik 39's morning international success seems to mean that we would not get past the company to find a way to make the phone work.