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TikTok Gets New Competition As Byte, A Video Reboot Service Launches

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It seems that TikTok now has direct competition in Byte. The social media platform and direct successor to the Vine app is now available on Play Store. The app was initially discontinued in 2017 but videos posted on the platform remain available to this day.


Byte’s users can post six-second videos, either by filming what they decide to share immediately by turning on their camera or by uploading pre-existing videos.


“It’s both familiar and new. We hope it’ll resonate with people who feel something’s been missing,” Byte tweeted on 24th January 2020.


Byte Launches
The Vine reboot is set to make its comeback to a market dominated by TikTok


Users of Byte like most social media platforms upload content with the aim of going viral and to engage with other users. However, follower counts are hidden and user profiles can’t be shared. This makes it hard to see who the top creators are. To tackle this, Byte is planning a creator’s program to help influencers make money.

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Twitter-owned Vine had shut down shortly after confirming significant job cuts in order to stay profitable.

Now, here comes the launch of another hybrid from the failed project.


Byte Inc. owns Byte according to the app store information about it. The app is available for download in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.

Byte available in over 40 countries despite teething problems

Byte still has limited content and some teething problems like the app crashing while editing longer videos. Also, features like blocking unsavory accounts or hashtags that organize content are not yet available on the platform.


However, Byte is currently available in more than 40 countries, which includes the United States,  Russia, Taiwan, Canada, some parts of Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong. It says it will expand the list of countries in time.


Byte is notably absent in the home of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance in mainland China at the moment. Chinese guidelines are stricter for social media companies, making it hard for Western companies to get a foothold in the market.


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