Swadeshi Applications You Can Enjoy Using Without Chinese Fundings
If we talk about the world, India has become the fastest-growing consumer internet market. It has recorded nearly 19 billion apps downloads in 2019 followed by 2.7 billion in 2020.
The Central Government of India took a firm step towards banning Chinese Apps. India has now successfully banned 59 Chinese apps after India and China locked in a border battle where a lot of casualties were witnessed. Its consequences led to announce a crucial move of taking perfect revenge from China. The list of banned apps covers TikTok, SHAREit, UC web browser, Shein, etc alike Chinese products were too among the most used apps in India. While these apps got deleted from Indin Google Play Stores many Indian businesses or startups got an opportunity to shine. Indian alternatives in apps that are directly competing with Chinese apps are as follows :
Chinese Applications : Tik-Tok / Likee / Bigo Live / Vigo Video
Video-sharing applications like Tik Tok, Likee, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, etc are prominent among the banned Chinese apps. These media platforms have colonized the Indian internet market place in recent years.
Tik Tok is the most used Chinese app, which was downloaded over 1.5 billion times on the App Store and Play Store. It has been used by all age groups and people from toddlers to Celebrities.
Bigo Live is the second most popular video-editing app in India after TikTok. Bigo Live covers more than 100 countries and is owned by a Nasdaq-listed Chinese company, YY. It is estimated that India accounts for 60 million of its 200 million users worldwide.
Likee is another video-sharing social media platform created by Bigo Technology.
#1 Chingari: Chingari is a short video app that is similar to TikTok. It is available for Android and iOS users in multiple Indian languages. Chingari pays its content creators depending on how popular and viral a video becomes and awards points to them for every video they upload. The app includes various options and features like current news, entertainment, and diverse short videos that can be downloaded and shared further.
#2 Roposo: Roposo is an Indian content sharing and video creation app which is available in more than 10 Indian languages. It offers content on different subjects like comedy, religion, music, and health. It provides channels like Haha TV, Beats, Looks good- Feel good, and Bhakti. Roposo has been downloaded more than 50 million times and has around 65 million Indian users.
Chinese Applications: Shareit / Xender
These apps are files sharing apps just as Bluetooth used to work.
Shareit allows users to transfer files including photos, videos, music, contacts, apps, and other files between mobiles and PC, without the use of data for transfer.
Xender is an offline file-sharing and file-transfer app for videos, images, and documents. Developed by Xender Digital Technology in 2011, it has grown to over 100 million downloads worldwide and is popular with Android users.
#1 Shareall: Share all is an Application for Android users that is used to share files. This application is developed by the Indian startup Quantum4u Lab. The users can share files, movies, videos, apps, etc with other Android phones without the use of the internet. Shareall supports secure sharing with password protection and also cleans junk files, cache, and duplicate files.
#2 Z Share: Z Share app is developed by Shravan Hegde from Dharwad, Karnataka, which transfers files like images, videos, and pdfs. It is available for android users and has a rating of 4.9 on the Playstore. It has been downloaded over 100,000 times in just a few days.
Chinese Applications: Uc Browser/ Cm Browser
These apps were popular for being lightweight, and for taking less than 4 Mb of space.
UC Browser is a Chinese application that we have already seen pre-installed in Chinese Phones. It was created by UCWeb, which is owned by the Alibaba Group. It got fame as an alternative to Google Chrome due to its availability on different platforms.
CM Browser is a mobile web browser owned by Cheetah Mobile. It is a Chinese mobile internet company that became well-known for its secure dual-engine browser with a “browser intrusion prevention system”.
#1 Jio Browser: Jio Browser is a browser with less storage consumption and was developed by Reliance Jio. The app has features like dark theme, incognito mode, offline pages, QR code scanner, regional language support, and desktop mode. This Indian browser provides services in currently eight different languages with a home screen that displays local news content.
#2 Bharat Browser: It is a browser created by the Bengaluru-based startup BlueSky Inventions. It was designed according to the needs of millions of first-time Indian mobile users and is convenient in use as it supports nine Indian languages. The users can discover content from their state, explore online shops, play games and the app also has a dedicated kids section.
Chinese Applications: Shein/Club Factory
These are all fashion and e-commerce platforms that were developed and operated by Chinese companies. You could buy clothes and other stuff online by ordering them.
Shein is a Business to Consumer e-commerce platform that was preparing its operations from India and other countries.
Club Factory is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle e-commerce firm. It is owned by Jiayun Data Technology and was popular in India for its discounts and cheap prices.
#1 Myntra: Myntra was founded in 2007 as an Indian fashion e-commerce company but afterward Flipcart purchased its acquisition in 2015. Myntra offers the latest clothing and fashion for men, women, and kids and has a collection of over 2,500 brands and 5 lakh products, including gadgets, accessories, and beauty products.
#2 Flipkart: Flipkart was founded in 2007 and is an Indian e-commerce company. It has now been acquired by Walmart and provides its consumers with various products like electronics, fashion, and lifestyle products and also offers groceries, flight tickets, movies, etc. It offers 5 different languages the app guides users through a collection of 80 crore products, from mobile phones to furniture.
Chinese Applications: Clash Of Kings / PubG
These are the online gaming apps that were popular not only in India but widely all over the world.
Clash of Kings is a Chinese online strategy game developed by Elex Tech in 2014. It has over 100 million players.
PubG delivers the most intense free-to-play multiplayer action on mobile. It aims, “Drop-in, gear up, and compete”.
#1 Ludo King: It is based on the popular board game Ludo. An Indian free-to-play game created by Gammation Technologies whose aim is to move 4 symbols from the starting point around the board towards the board’s center which is the home. It is available on all platforms and is the first Indian gaming app to cross 100 million downloads.
Chinese Applications: Youcam Makeup / Beauty Plus
These apps are photo editing app that provides various ways of applying makeup options i.e the filters and effects on your photo or when you are clicking it.
YouCam Makeup is a photo-editing application that allows users to customize their pictures. It is owned by Taiwan-based technology firm PerfectCorp.
Beauty Plus is a photo and video editing app developed by Meitu Inc. It is popular for its manual photo retouch, editing features, and its Facebook Video profile creator feature.
#1 Indian Selfie Camera: It is an Android image or photo-editing application developed by PeakeCorp Inc. Its users can click and modify pictures using different filters and effects. The app consists of effects like a beauty editor, live selfie, silent camera, and live filters.
Chinese Applications : Newsdog/ UcNews
News dog and UcNews are a Chinese news platform aimed at an Indian user base. They provide various news in various languages.
News dog provides short news bytes in over 10 Indian languages and has over 35 million active users.
UC News is a news outlet of UCWeb, a business within the Alibaba Group. The app is available in 7 major languages and 15 regional Indian languages.
#1 DailyHunt: Earlier Dailyhunt was known as NewsHunt. It is a news and content aggregator owned by Verse Innovation. It provides local news content in 14 local languages from 3000+ content providers to over 330 million users. DailyHunt users can create profiles, post, share, and comment on the news. The app also has a video section, horoscope section, and job alerts
#2 Inshorts: Inshorts is a news aggregator that summarises news in 60 words or less. It also offers personalized stories, videos, and other content. The app also offers a variety of news and headlines sourced from multiple outlets. The app also has updates on competitive exams like UPSC, CAT, and government job exams. Inshorts also has a home screen widget just for headlines.
Chinese Applications: QQ Music
QQ Music is a free music service owned by Tencent Music. It is a joint venture between Tencent and Spotify. QQ Music is also an integrated music and entertainment service, that offers concert tickets and song downloads.
Indian Alternatives :
#1 JioSaavn: Jio Saavn was earlier known as Saavn. It is a multiplatform music streaming service that amalgamated with JioMusic owned by Reliance. It has rights to over 5 crore tracks in 15 languages. It is well known for its access to Bollywood and regional Indian film music. JioSaavn is currently redeveloping its podcast categories and content to compete with International rival Spotify.
#2 Gaana: Gaana is a multiplatform commercial music streaming service owned by Times Internet. In December 2019, it became the first Indian streaming app to cross 150 million monthly users. Gaana was the first to launch features like karaoke, voice assistant, and automatic download options through the use of AI.