The ban on 59 Chinese apps, including the most popular TikTok and UC Browser, by the Indian government following the clashes between the Indian armed forces and Chinese soldiers at Ladakh border, is an evaluated decision, say experts.
The banned apps include Helo and Likee which are more popular as regional language apps and together they have 60 million users. TikTok is used by the government organisations too is estimated to have around 200 million users in Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV cities. The CamScanner is also used widely by the government officials to transfer documents on mobile phones. As the ban is on 59 apps, it is expected that there willbe an impact on those making a livelihood of these apps and at the same time, those running these apps.
However, it is not clear if the ban is long-term one or short-term. Last year too, TikTok was banned for a few days and it came back on the mobile phones. Developing a social media app takes a long time and now, with millions of patrons for these apps, let us know about the substitutes tom which they can switch over.
Chinese apps for motion graphics PixaMotion Loop Photo Animator & Photo Video Maker and Movepic have Indian substitutes like Enlight Pixaloop, StoryZ PhotoVideo Maker or Zoetropic.
Coming to the storybooks section, users of Chinse Go2020 and Mint Keyboard can find an alternative in Pratilipi and Google Playbooks.
Games like PUBG which were designed by Chinese have Indian alternatives like ScarFall, Swag Shooter, Combat Assault, Battle Royale, Combat, Gods of Boom, etc.
Chinese online security apps for computers and e-gadgets like Nox Security, One Security, DU Cache Cleaner can be replaced with Indian-made JioSecurity or Norton Mobile, Avast Antivirus, AVG Antivirus, ESET Mobile.
In the video editing tool section, users of Chinese YouCut, Video Editor, VivaVideo Lite can opt for India-designed Video Editor Free or KineMaster, Abode Premiere Clip, PowerDirector.
To enjoy extra space in the Internet, Chinese apps Parallel Space, Dual Space Clone App being used by many can be replaced with Clone App, Multi Parallel, Super Clone.
For those using Sanptube, Tubetube, Vidmate developed by China, Indian substitute Videoder or www.Freemake.com can be of great use.
The users of popular UC Browser, designed by China and found in many affordable smart phones in India, can switch over to Google Chrome, Jio Browser and Epic Browser.
The WPS office and WPS PDF apps developed by the Chinese for office management can suitably be replaced by Microsoft Office, Microsoft World, Collabora Office.
Popular apps Tik-Tok, Likee, Vigo Helo used by millions of Indian users can find a suitable alternative in Indian apps like Roposo, Injoy or Bubsmash, MadLipz and Share Chat.
The SHAREIt and Share ALL, Zapya –File apps designed by Chinese can be replaced with Indian-made Jio Share and Share Files or Send Anywhere app.
For keeping valuable information protected and safeguarding privacy, Chinese apps AppLock, Vault, LOCKit, Sgallery can be replaced with Hide Photos and Lock App designed by Indians or opt for Keepsafe Photo, Norton App Lock, LockMyPix Secret Photo Vault.
The Zoom app which has been of much use to hold video conferences with a large number of people, during the Coronavirus lockdown, despite facing charges of not being a secure app, can be substituted with the Indian SAY NAMASTE or Microsoft Teams, Google Duo and Skype.
The users of Chinese apps for translation — U-Dictionary, Hi Translate, Translate All, Screen Translate can now switch over to Indian apps – English Hindi Dictionary, Shabdkosh or to Dictionary.com and Oxford dictionary developed by the US.