In this issue, we look more closely at three Bytedance apps, each representing part of the startup’s rapid expansion in recent years: Through acquisitions and internal development, the AI-powered company is covering more territory outside its core news and entertainment businesses.

Will things pan out in the long term? We’re not prophets, but we did consult facts and figures to make a few educated guesses at the state of Bytedance’s lesser-known offerings.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com