After the ban of popular Chinese apps in India, homegrown brands are leaping into action and filling the massive void left behind by a few of the most downloaded apps on the market. One such app, Chingari, has been pitched as an alternative to TikTok. In just 22 days of its existence on Play Store, the app has managed to garner over 1 crore downloads on the Android app store. The app has been reviewed by over 93K users on Play Store and current rating stands at 4.1.
India’s Chingari app has crossed over 1 crore downloads in less than 22 days. The short video platform is also among the top two free apps on Google Play Store since a week. Less than a week ago, Chingari crossed over 25 lakh downloads – and the numbers continued to accelerate due to the TikTok ban in the country.
Chingari users get points (per view) for their videos, which later can be redeemed for money. The app was founded by two Bengaluru-based programmers, Biswatma Nayak and Siddharth Gautam. It is available in multiple Indic languages — Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu. The app was first launched on Google Play in November 2018 while it debuted on iOS in January 2019.
TikTok has been banned in India over privacy concerns. The app has also been removed from Google Play store and Apple app store earlier today while the other 58 Chinese apps are still available for download. TikTok app is not available for download in the country anymore however if you have the app on your smartphone it is still functional. The government is yet to reveal details on how they plan to enforce the ban. To recall, this isn’t the first time that the Indian government has banned TikTok but the app was made available soon.
The short video application has nearly 200million users in India. Ever since PM Modi announced the Vocal for Local initiative several Indian startups have started developing TikTok rival. There are many Indian short video platform available on Play store and App store right now. One of them is Bolo Indya, then there’s Mitron app and there’s also Roposo.