Guwahati: The government of India recently banned 59 Chinese-owned apps, including the infamous video-sharing social networking service, TikTok. The app has been removed from Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is not available for download in India anymore.
The government is yet to reveal how to enforce the ban as one cannot download the app but those who already have installed in their smartphones are still functional. However, shortly after PM Narendra Modi announced the ‘Vocal for Local’ initiative, various Indian startups have started developing alternatives for TikTok.
So, for the short video-content creators, here are some other options to get back that viral streak of yours:
Founder: Shivank Agarwal; Co-founder: Anish Khandelwal
Available only for Android users, this app has been surrounded by a lot of controversies in the last few months from its alleged link to Pakistan to being a copy-paste version of TikTok. This app was launched, then removed and is now again listed back in Play Store. With over one crore downloads already, this app has made a huge comeback.
Founder: Varun Saxena
Yet another app that is only available for Android users, Bolo Indya currently has 100,000+ downloads in India. Available only on Google Play Store and not on Apple App Store, this app aims for only quality content to go viral, unlike its Chinese counterpart where anything and everything goes viral.
Co-Founder: Sumit Ghosh
This home-grown app has been on the news ever since the app ban. Chingari was launched in 2018 and had about six lakh users. However, last week, it got over 25 lakh subscribers on Google Play Store. Just on Tuesday, co-founder and chief product officer Sumit Ghosh shared a tweet that stated that the app got approximately 10,000 users per minute only on that day. The app has around 90,000 new users joining the app per hour. This app is only available in Google Play Store.
Available both on Apple and Google Play Store, this Indian short video app has garnered quite a huge number of users over a period of time. On June 30, Naveen Tewari, founder and CEO, InMobi Group, stated that two million users are coming on the app every hour and are viewing 25 million videos by the hour.