The people of India have been raising their voices against the use of Chinese products. The wave of boycotting Chinese products commenced at the start of the year and now, the decision of the Central government to ban 59 different Chinese products shows that even the government is serious about it.
The Modi government decided to ban the use of 59 different Chinese apps including the most popular TikTok, one of the most downloaded and used applications in the country.
Other major apps like Shien (lifestyle), UCBrowser (browser), ShareIT (file transfer), Xender (file transfer), Like (video), Helo (video), Club Factory (lifestyle), WeChat (messenger), Cam Scanner (editor), and 49 other apps are banned by the Indian government as a step against Chinese products. The move of the government is being admired by the whole country.
Different entrepreneurs, officials and the general public have been responding through social media platforms to laud the decision and encourage the start-ups in the country to come forward to fill the void created due to the ban.
The past has shown that the entrepreneurs in the country have always faced a hard time because of the digital offerings of the Chinese companies, but with the ban, the tech start-ups can find a way to get their products into the Indian market.
Some of these banned apps were pre-installed in Chinese smartphone brands like Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE, but the ban will create a way for the local brands to get into position.
The rise seen by TikTok in the Indian market is incomparable to any other app. Tiktok had more than 200 Million active users in India only, now these users will switch to Indian apps like Mitron, Bolo Indya, Roposo, ShareChat, and InMobi, resulting in the generation of revenue for the Indian entrepreneurs.
The ban has brought an even playing field for the app developers in India and other countries. The next few months are expected to give a new shape to the digital ecosystem. Although the pandemic has resulted in a decrease in the number of investors, the ban will motivate investors to invest in new start-ups.
The ban will prove to be a gift for the local e-Commerce, video sharing and editing, photo editors, messengers, lifestyle and various other apps.
Among the apps banned, some of them were so popular that the users didn’t even know about the local alternatives to such apps. Some of the alternatives to the apps banned by the government have been detailed below:
Mitron, the Indian video editor and developer app is the best substitute for the apps like TikTok, Likee, Vigo Video, Helo and others. The app became very popular among users during the pandemic when the boycott of the Chinese products started.
The app has achieved a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Google Play Store and gained more than 10 million downloads which skyrocketed during the lockdown and are still increasing by the hour. The growth seen by the app is purely organic. No campaign or expenses are spent over it.
Chingari is another app developed by Indian developers. It has crossed over 3 million downloads on the Google Play Store in the past few months. Chingari can be a very good substitute for foreign video editors and creator apps.
The founders of the app have claimed that the app is even better than TikTok, the most popular video app. The users of the app also get money for creating and uploading the video. The app is available in major local languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, etc. The app can be downloaded from Apple App Store Google Play Store and other app platforms.
ShareChat, another app developed by the creators in India is a good substitute for the WeChat app banned by the government. It is created by the Mohalla Tech Private Limited, a local app developer and tech creator. Founded by Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh, and Farid Ahsan, the app has more features than the WeChat app and comes in 15 different languages.
Google Chrome is the best and the most commonly used browser around the globe. It is a very good substitute for the UCBrowser as banned by the government. It is pre-installed on all smartphones despite the brand. The app is regularly updated by the owner company, Alphabet, with better and more features.
Another alternative to the banned Chinese apps is Mozilla Firefox. It is the most used browser after Google Chrome. It is better than the Chinese browser UCBrowser, CM Browser, Apus Browser and others.
The app has a feature of Tracking Prevention that disables the browser to track the location of its users. The browser also alerts the user if there is an email breach through its Firefox Monitor feature.
Google Files is like Xender and other file-sharing apps that can clear the residual and cache files. The app can also be used for sharing files from one device to another. You can also back up the files with the help of the app to the cloud. According to its creators, it is safer, convenient and faster than other file-sharing apps.
Send Anywhere is another good substitute for Chinese file-sharing apps like ShareIt. The app allows the users to share and transfer files among and between Windows, Android and iOS devices.
Notebloc can be a very good substitute for the CamScanner app. It is a scanner app developed by the founders of Barcelona, Spain. It is similar yet better than CamScanner and includes all similar options. It also has an inbuilt feature to scan the handwritten document, unlike CamScanner. The filters of the app can make the text brighter, darker and better.
Inshorts is another app developed by the creators in India in 2013. Inshorts is one of the most popular news apps. It provides news from all around the globe. It provides the news in a summary of 60 or less words for convenience. The app can be a great substitute for the Chinese news app, UCNews.
Lokal is another app developed by developers in the country. It can be a very good substitute for Chinese news apps. It was developed by a Bengaluru based group of creators. It is available in multiple languages for the convenience of the users. The app was developed by two developers in 2018.
Multiple App Cloner
Multiple App Cloner can be a very good substitute for the Chinese app Parallel Space. The users can use it to create one or more clones of any app. The app was developed by two creators in India. It can run the clones of the app simultaneously.
AZ Screen Recorder
AZ Screen Recorder is a high-quality audio and video recorder for Android which can be used by users to record clear and smooth videos. The app comes with various features like screen capture, screen video recorder, video editor, and live stream screen. You can record video tutorials, video games and other videos that can not be downloaded.
Airmeet is an Indian virtual meeting app that can be used to conduct calls and meetings online. The app has already raised the funding $3 million during the pandemic. The app was developed by a Bengaluru-based company.
Google Meet is a virtual meeting app developed by Google. It can be used for video conferencing and calls. It can be a very good substitute for the Chinese meeting app Mi Video Call.
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Various other apps can be a great substitute for the Chineses apps as banned by the Central government.
The decision to ban the apps will be a great step for the local developers and creators to jam their feet at this time when the spirits of the entrepreneurs are at their lowest. The time is ripe and the Indian creators can use this opportunity to take the centre stage, finally. The creators can capture the digital market of the country which was in the grasp of the Chinese brands till now.
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