FP StaffJun 30, 2020 01:28:12 IST
The Government of India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese hyperlinks, together with the massively widespread TikTok and UC Browser, saying they have been prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and safety of the nation.
The ban comes within the backdrop of the stand-off with China alongside the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, and can also be relevant for messaging app WeChat and on-line streaming app Bigo Live, CAM scanner, social media platforms like Helo and Likee in addition to a bunch of standing message apps and picture and video enhancing instruments. The e-commerce platform Club Factory — whose adverts in India featues actor Ranveer Singh — can also be banned.
This marks India’s largest transfer in opposition to Chinese know-how corporations. Here’s the total listing:
File Sharing apps
SHAREit: A cross-platform file sharing app, SHAREit permits one switch video, music, information and apps from one machine to a different.
WeSync: Develped by Tencent, the app means that you can switch information from an outdated cellphone to a brand new cellphone.
ES File Explorer: A software for managing information and applications
Xender: A cross-platform file switch and sharing app, it permits customers to share information photographs, music, movies, contacts and even apps with out utilizing cell knowledge.
Social media platforms
While TikTok is the preferred and well-known title amongst Chinese social media platform that stand banned from 29 June, there are a number of different lesser-known apps to have been included within the listing.
Helo: A social media platform which claims to have over 5 crore customers in India. The app is out there in 14 Indian languages and means that you can share movies, photographs, WhatsApp jokes, and so forth.
Likee: A video creation and sharing platform, Likee (previously LIKE) permits one so as to add particular results to movies. Offered by BIGO Technology Pte Ltd, the app comes with in-app purchases and has over 500,000,000 downloads thus far.
Weibo: A Chinese model of Twitter, the microblogging web site permits one to share data in addition to voice opinions on social points however beneath information censorship.
Vigo Video: A brief video social community, which permits one to share each day lives with their mates, household, and different customers from all around the world.
Bigo Live: A stay streaming app, Bigo Live permits customers to construct a fanbase, stay discuss with mates and share stay feeds with folks the world over. The app claims to be current in over 150 nations with over 200 million customers worldwide.
Also banned are: Xiaomi’s MI Community and Mi Video Call app, and social media and messaging apps like We Meet and WeChat.
Among the apps banned embody internet browsers, which promise quick searching by compressing web sites, and thus consuming lesser cell knowledge, but additionally declare to supply safety and privateness on the Web. Though the latter declare isn’t confirmed, a number of the browsers with a China connection banned embody the extremely popular UC Browser.
Other browsers embody: Kwai, CM Browsr, APUS Browser and DU Browser.
Utility apps like file cleaners, file vaults, antiviruses and privateness instruments make up the biggest chunk of apps positioned within the banned listing up to date on Monday.
CAM Scanner: Perhaps essentially the most widespread utility app within the listing, CAM Scanner has over 10 crore downloads, and is used extensively in India. According an article in The Asian Age printed in January 2020, almost 7.6% of India’s inhabitants makes use of the software program to scan paperwork, IDs, information, receipts, and different gadgets.
Virus Cleaner: With over 10,000,000 downloads, the app is an all-in-one free antivirus engine which additionally gives options like cellphone junk cleaner, WIFI safety, tremendous pace booster, battery saver, CPU cooler and notification cleaner. The app is developed by Super Cleaner Studio.
Tencent apps: The listing of banned apps embody six apps developed by Chinese tech large Tencent Technology comparable to QQ International, QQ Security Center, QQ Launcher, QQ Mail, QQ Music, QQ Newsfeed and QQ Player.
DU apps: Several apps developed by DU App Studio comparable to Cache Cleaner DU App studio, DU Cleaner, DU Battery Saver and DU Privacy, DU Recorder are additionally within the banned listing.
Also banned are Mail Master and Vault- Hide and Cheetah Mobile’s Clean Master.
Fashion and e-commerce
Club Factory: With Indian actor Ranveer Singh that includes in one in every of its adverts on the Google Play Store, the app guarantees the most effective reductions that one can get.
There are a number of different procuring apps which have discovered their method into the banned listing comparable to Shein (attire retailer) and ROMWE (ladies lookbook and attire retailer), amongst others.
NewsCanine: A information aggregator, NewsCanine claims to be the most effective information app in India with “CAA protests news, interesting videos as well as CAA_NRC news” as one in every of its foremost points of interest. Also supplied are breaking information and alerts on politics, cricket, tech, enterprise and extra.
Other information apps within the listing are: UC News and QQ Newsfeed.
Clash of Kings: A multiplayer on-line technique sport, developed by Elex Tech in 2014, the app has been downloaded over 50,000,000+ instances since then and is out there on each the Google Play Store in addition to the App Store.
Hago Play With New Friends: A cell sport platform which lets you play a wide range of video games supplied by the platform and on the identical time join with different Hago customers by chatrooms. The app has 100,000,000+ downloads on the Google Play Store.
Mobile Legends: A Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, Mobile Legends means that you can create your individual heroes and problem different customers on the platform. The sport is developed and printed by Moontoon.
Another giant group of apps which are a part of the banned listing embody picture and video enhancing instruments, standing message downloaders, DP editors and selfie digicam apps.
Meitu: A free picture enhancing software that permits one to boost photographs proper from selfies, to meals, to your pet photographs.
SelfieCity: Developed by Meitu, Selfie City means that you can enhance selfies utilizing particular results and filters.
New Video Status: There are many apps by this title, which supply free standing video and textual content standing messages in addition to DPs and meme downloads.
V fly Status Video: A free WhatsApp standing maker, the app means that you can obtain movies standing messages an share them with your pals.
Photo Wonder: A photograph enhancing and particular results app.
VMate: A brief video editor and video sharing group, VMate calls itself India’s prime free video maker app. The app has 100,000,000+ plus downloads on the Google Play Store.
U Video: Another video standing message app directed at WhatsApp customers. It means that you can obtain free video standing messages.
Sweet Selfie: A photograph editing-cum-beauty digicam app, Sweet Selfie means that you can add particular results to 1’s selfies.
Wonder Camera: Another picture enhancing software that comes with built-in instruments to lighten pores and skin color and filters.
Viva Video – QU Video Inc: An expert but free video enhancing software, Viva Video means that you can reduce, trim crop and merge video. It additionally permits one edit movies for YouTube, and textual content.
Beauty Plus: A free picture enhancing software with particular results and filters.
YouCam Makeup: A make-up and selfie digicam app, it means that you can improve selfies.
Baidu: Though the listing would not make clear specifically, it is most definitely talking about China’s largest search engine Baidu.
Baidu Translate: A Chinese translation app developed by Baidu.
Parallel Space: This app permits one to clone and run a number of accounts of the identical app concurrently, and use themes to fashion your distinctive house.
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