Further to the ban on 59 Chinese Apps that Indian government announced, there have been many alternatives that have suddenly surfaced. Interestingly, these apps have been around, available for public to use, but were overshadowed by the popularity of their Chinese counterparts.
The decision to ban the Chinese apps has come in the wake of the recent tensions between India and China.
Intelligence agencies have indicated that in the past that these Chinese apps have been used as spyware, malware, and that they compromise a user's privacy, and even put national security under threat. This ban has been imposed under the IT Act of Section 69A that aims to safeguard public information.
As a result of the ban, many Indian apps are now seeing confidence in their future. Some innovative tech groups have clutched to this news as an opportunity to build and promote their apps with similar functionalities.
This is from a startup I know. They hastily built a CamScanner replacement "Kaagaz Scanner".... it has exploded overnight after the #ChineseApps ban - 100K installs in 24hrs!— Amit Ranjan (@amitranjan) July 1, 2020
Hope this "Fill-up-Chinese-App-Vacuum" story ends up creating some incrementally innovative Indian pdts! pic.twitter.com/DBkXJ6pk63
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