TikTok is close to launching a rival

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TikTok is planning to release a new photo-sharing app that could take on Instagram.
In a notification sent to users, TikTok says it’s launching “a new app for photo posts” called TikTok Notes, as reported earlier by TechCrunch.
The notification says it will share “existing and future public TikTok photo posts” to TikTok Notes while also giving users the ability to opt out.
A new photo.tiktok.com URL (archived version) spotted by TechCrunch also briefly appeared online with a prompt to open a post in the TikTok Notes app.
The Verge reached out to TikTok with a request for more information but didn’t immediately hear back.
We first heard about the possibility of a TikTok photo-sharing app last month, when TheSpAndroid dug up code within the app that suggested it was working on an app called TikTok Photos.
But now, it looks like that app is getting closer to an official launch — and it could be a serious competitor to Instagram.
TikTok Notes will likely come prepopulated with all of the photos TikTok users have already shared (given that most users opt in), which will save it from having to draw in an initial user base.


In an effort to compete with Instagram, TikTok plans to launch a new photo-sharing app. According to a notice sent to users, TikTok is releasing TikTok Notes, “a new app for photo posts,” as TechCrunch previously reported.

According to the notification, users will be able to opt out and TikTok Notes will receive access to “existing and future public TikTok photo posts.”. A fresh image. An additional brief online appearance of the tiktok . com URL (archived version), discovered by TechCrunch, included an instruction to open a post in the TikTok Notes app. You appear to be able to add a caption to your photo as well, based on the image that is posted on the website.

While TikTok is “exploring ways to empower our community to create and share their creativity with photos and text in a dedicated space for those formats,” the company did not specify when the app would be released in a statement to TechCrunch. After contacting TikTok to request additional information, The Verge did not receive a response right away.

TheSpAndroid discovered code in the app that suggested it was working on a TikTok Photos app last month, which is when we first learned about the potential of a TikTok photo-sharing app.

However, it appears that the app is getting closer to its official release, and it has the potential to be a strong rival to Instagram. Since most users choose to participate, TikTok Notes won’t need to recruit new users because it will already be prepopulated with all of the photos that users have already shared on the platform.

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