Indian Alternative To Banned Chinese Apps

By Giri Mohan

Nowadays data breaching is a common issue. The Government of India has banned many apps that belong to China stating data security is the main issue. Its true TikTok is now facing backlash from other parts of the world after being ban in India regarding user data security. Now it’s our time to put an end to this problem and on the other hand, also support our Indian talent. Many Chinese apps are still popular in India because we do not about their alternatives. Here are some substitutes you can use to replace them. Today in this blog we have listed out a few Indian Alternatives to Banned Chinese Apps that you should look out for.

1.MX ShareKaro

Share It and Xender are some of the most popular apps which have been banned recently. MX ShareKaro is an Indian app which lets us share our files with other devices making it a perfect alternative to ShareIt and Xender. This file-sharing app has received a 5-star rating on the Google Play Store. The app transfers files without the use of the Internet. It claims to share files at a speed 200 times faster than Bluetooth transfer. MX ShareKaro lets you send large files without size limitations and with no loss in quality. It promotes itself as an app providing an AdFree experience which is an added bonus.

2.Moj/ Roposo​

Moj – Short Video App by ShareChat is like Tik Tok. You can create videos lasting up to 15 seconds. Moj App has a number of special effects, filters, thousands of stickers. It has currently around 85,000 downloads on the Google Play Store since it released around a month ago.

Roposo is an Indian video creation and sharing social media platform, owned by Glance InMobi Pty. Ltd. having its registered office at Gurugram, India. You can create short videos in slow-motion, time-lapse, add filters, include GIFs and share these videos instantly on Whatsapp

 

3.Bharat Browser/ Jio Browser

UC Browser, one of the most popular apps with millions of downloads is also on the banned list. Some of the Indian alternatives are Jio browser, Bharat browser, Omigo, Indian browser, Epic Privacy Browser. You can always use Google Chrome but we can try our Desi Apps, when we have the choice.

Bharat Browser, which has been launched by a Bengaluru-based start-up called Blue-sky Inventions, is a handy browser-based on Android Application. It is lightweight and it weighs just 8.2MB. It aims at providing regional content on low-cost Android smartphones available in the country.Users can also watch videos in the Videos Section and play games within the Games section of the app. Additionally, the newly launched browser has a special section dedicated to kids. The company behind Bharat Browser says that the app offers the latest trending news in 9 major Indian languages

Jio Browser, the latest app by the telecom giant is now available for Android users via Google Play. Developed by Reliance Industries, the browser app is touted to be a ‘fast and lite’ solution for Web browsing. The Jio Browser app has a home screen that displays news content and the latest updates. The Jio Browser lists news from categories such as entertainment, politics, and sports. You can also check out the videos tab on the browser to watch videos while on-the-go.

4.Say Namaste / Jio Meet

Everybody knows about Zoom. It is a video calling app that is widely used for online meetings. On the other hand, it was in the news for issues regarding data security. Instead of zoom, we can try out a few Indian video calling apps as Jio meet. If you are a Zoom user, then you will adjust to JioMeet easily as it has a similar interface. Say Namaste, Airtel blue jeans, Webkonf are other Indian alternatives to apps like Zoom.

Say Namaste is a Mumbai-based private company, launched this video conferencing app. From morning calls with bosses to late-night video chats with friends, video calling has become an integral part of our quarantined lives. As a result, a lot of software companies have tapped into this market and have released apps and tools that aim to ease our virtual interactions.

Owing to the security and privacy fallbacks of other video calling apps, more and more people are switching to tools like Say Namaste that are relatively credible and trusted.

Jio Meet, after testing for months Reliance Jio has finally launched JioMeet in the country. The JioMeet app is available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. With JioMeet, Reliance Jio is undoubtedly aiming to take on the likes of other video calling platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, among others. JioMeet offers an unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants on a call. 

But interestingly, it appears to not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration. Jio Platforms says a free call can be uninterrupted for “up to 24 hours” long.

5.Kaagaz Scanner

Kaagaz scanner an Indian app is the best alternative to Cam Scanner. It gives all facilities like Cam Scanner, without any watermarks. As the name suggests, Kaagaz Scanner aims to do exactly what CamScanner used to, only in an Indian guise. CamScanner was blacklisted in light of its ties to China. Since it was largely used to scan personal identification documents, storing such documents on the cloud server of an app hosted in China was deemed as a security violation.

It aims to cash in on, and fill the space left open by marketing an ‘Indian alternative’.

Indian start-up Sorted AI has seemingly built a CamScanner alternative that aims to give users an ‘Indian’ app to scan their documents. This app has claimed over 1 lakh downloads within one day of CamScanner being banned and is presently seeing considerable interest on the Google Play Store.With an abundance of low-cost data, Hike decided to go from a single super app strategy to a multiple app approach, so that it can focus more on the core messaging capabilities.

6.Hike Messenger / Elyments

Hike Messenger is also called Hike Sticker Chat, is an Indian freeware, cross-platform instant messaging (IM), Voice over IP (VoIP) application which was launched on 12 December 2012 by Kavin Bharti Mittal and is now owned by Hike Private Limited. Hike can work offline through SMS and has multi-platform support. The app registration uses a standard one-time password (OTP) based authentication process.

 From version 6, the user-interface was revised and the app no longer supports features like news, mobile payment, games, or jokes. As per CB Insights, $1.4 billion is the valuation of Hike with more than 100 million registered users till August 2016 and 350 employees working from Bengaluru and Delhi.

Elyments is a new social media platform under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat campaign. The home-grown app has been made keeping in mind Indian audiences and it is available in eight different regional languages. The app is free for download and lets the users make audio and video calls including conference calls. A unique feature is that you can give commands in regional languages as well.

 

From the past few months apart from COVID-19 news, #Vocalforlocal and Athma Nirbhar Bharat have been the trending headlines in INDIA. We need to support and encourage our Indian talent, It’s high time for us to consider using Indian products available in the market. Thus, we will help improve our economy and help us sustain during this hard time.

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