Chinese internet firm Bytedance is expected to license a number of smartphone maker Smartisan’s patents to expand and develop its online education business. The move comes shortly after Bytedance entered the market to take on Tencent-backed education firm Vipkid.

A spokesperson from Bytedance told TechNode that the company aims to use Smartisan’s tech for research and development related to electronic educational devices, without providing further details.

Bytedance first showed an interest in expanding into the online education business in 2017. At an education trade conference it hosted in Beijing, CEO Zhang Yiming said technology and education would be integrated to provide the best solutions and teaching experiences.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen