“Apple App store” and “Google Play store” remove “Tik Tok”; Alternatives available to replace Chinese apps

“Apple App store” and “Google Play store” remove “Tik Tok”; Alternatives available to replace Chinese apps

Written By: / Wednesday, 01 July 2020 17:37

IT Correspondent
Mumbai/Delhi, July 1:

As a sequel to ban on 59 Chinese apps in the country by Union Government, one of the most popular short video applications “Tik Tok” has been taken down from “Apple App store” and “Google Play store”. 
 ”TikTok” had nearly 119 million active users in India and was among the top 10 apps on “Google Play store” and “Apple App store”. Users who still have the “TikTok” app on their mobile phone can still use it, however, the app can’t be downloaded anymore. Most other Chinese apps banned in India are still available for download. 
“Nikhil  Gandhi, Head of “Tik Tok” in India said that “Tik Tok” continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared information of its  users with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. 
Whereas China, through newspaper, “Global Times” has said that “Modi government needs to prevent economic conflict”  and India’s Chinese app ban will hurt Indian IT workers and escalate tensions. 
Indian users are now on the lookout for alternatives to replace these Chinese apps and some alternatives are available. They are: Banned Chinese apps: CTik Tok, Helo, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, VMate and Kwaai, Alternative: The Indian apps including Mitron and Chingari, can be used although they aren’t quite as established as their Chinese counterparts. 
UC Browser, DU Browser, CM Browser and APUS Browser, Alternative: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are two of the best alternatives. Both the apps constantly add new features and are very safe options. One can also try JioBrowser, which is one of the most popular Indian mobile browsers that offer a fast and secure internet surfing experience.  It also offers an experience similar to UC Browser when it comes to its engaging News and Entertainment content.
 YouCam Makeup, BeautyPlus and Photo Wonder Alternative, Alternative: B612 – Beauty & Filter Camera is a good alternative to replace any popular photo editing tools on handset. The app also comes with more 1,500 diverse stickers and a range of real-time beauty effects. 
SHAREit and Xender,  Alternative: SuperBeam is a popular alternative to file sharing apps like SHAREit and Xender. Users can use Wifi Direct, NFC or QR codes for sharing large files and can also use it to transmit files to and from one’s computer. 
360 Security,  Alternative:  Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is one of the best alternatives to consider if one is looking to replace 360 Security phone and secure against viruses and malware.
AppLock, Alternative: The Norton App Lock is the perfect alternative to the Chinese app AppLock. It allows users to set a secure password or pattern lock screen to keep their Android smartphone secure and private. 
CamScanner, Alternative: Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner with OCR is one of the most trusted apps that one can use as an alternative to CamScanner. The user can download the app for free and start scanning documents. The app also offers an integrated OCR technology, allowing it to instantly detect printed text and handwriting. 
ES File Explorer,  Alternative:  There are a number of decent options to replace ES File Explorer. ‘Files by Google: Clean up space on your phone’ and File Commander - File Manager & Free Cloud are two of the best applications that carry the same functionality and features as ES File Explorer. 
Shein, Alternative: Shein is a popular app for women’s fashion which features a wide collection of trendy clothes. One of the perfect alternatives is ”Myntra”, which also happens to be the biggest fashion retailer in India. 
Mi Video Call, Alternative: Mi Video Call is Xiaomi’s own video calling and chat service.
There is no shortage of apps in this category and one of the most popular alternative to consider is, of course, WhatsApp.

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Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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