In a major development, ByteDance, the company behind Tiktok has launched a new interest-based social, messaging-focused app, named Feiliao, or Flipchat in English. The recently launched app contained the familiar features of chats and video calls. In addition, users will discover new friends and share what’s fun; as well as they can share daily life on feed and interact with close friends.
The application will be available for both Android and iOS, but comes mere months after Bytedance unveiled a dedicated video-calling application called Duoshan. Feiliao “is an open social product,” said ByteDance in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “We hope Feiliao [Flipchat] will connect people of the same interests, making people’s life more diverse and interesting.”
Flipchat is currently a Chinese app that’s set to compete with WeChat, which is still the dominant messaging platform in China, boasting 1.1 billion active users. With TikTok’s popularity and novelty, the newly messaging and privacy oriented Facebook might want to keep Flipchat in its rear view mirror.
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