TikTok rolls out update to enhance bigger-screen users' experience

Company says this update ensures improved video feed which 'showcases content with enhanced clarity'
A representational image displaying TikToks logo on a mobile screen. — Unsplash
A representational image displaying TikTok's logo on a mobile screen. — Unsplash

TikTok just introduced an update to enhance the user experience of those having bigger screens like tablets and foldables.

The Beijing-based short-video platform brings the update to ensure that the nitty-gritty and options, such as navigation bars and orientation support, appear at the top and bottom of the screen to access features in the app.

Today’s announcement comes a year after TikTok began testing a horizontal full-screen mode on mobile globally, TechCrunch reported.

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The company claims that, with this update, an improved video feed will now be ensured which “showcases content with enhanced clarity.” Moreover, the latest update makes the app support both landscape and portrait orientation.

By rolling out a landscape mode and supporting longer videos for quite some time now, TikTok has embarked on a voyage to come at par with YouTube.

It seems that the company is now looking to woo users who consume content on YouTube on their tablets, to spend their time on TikTok instead.

In an official blogpost cited by TechCrunch, TikTok said, “While most people already know and love TikTok on their mobile devices, we know many also like to access it on larger screens and foldable devices.”

“Whether they’re watching the latest cooking trends or searching for the latest soccer highlights, we’re excited to share that TikTok is now better optimised for tablets and foldable gadgets,” the blogpost added.

The facility of optimisation for foldables and tablets on TikTok comes when, Instagram, one of its main competitors, doesn’t have an app version for iPads.