ALTERNATIVES OF CHINESE APPLICATIONS

BY JEENAT GROVER

After the June 15 border clash in Ladakh, the feeling of anti-China has trembled with many appeals for a ban on Chinese firms exporting products worth almost $60 billion to India. In a strong reaction to development on Tuesday, China says, India was “gravely involved” by the move to ban 59 Chinese-origin mobile applications, “abusses national security exceptions,” and could violate WTO rules. Over national safety and privacy concerns, TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser and two apps from Xiaomi were among 59 government blocked on Monday. Two weeks after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent confrontation in Eastern Ladakh with China’s troops, the decision highlights rapidly rising tensions between these two nations over decades.

Many apps on the banned list are very popular in India, particularly TikTok, which has more than 100 million active users in the country , especially in central India. New social media apps and platforms like Helo and Likee as well as the Bigo Live video chat app are extremely popular with Indians who are uncomfortable in the English language. These users will need to try replacements. Furthermore, most of the platforms have Indian developers, many of whom earn only this. Many of these apps have offices and staff in India, and there could be a few thousand jobs.

Information from intelligence agencies has shown that those Chinese applications were either used as spyware or malware, clearly violating the terms of use, which jeopardize the privacy of a user. Under Section 69A of the IT Act the ban was enforced with the relevant provisions of the Rules of the Information Technology Regulations 2009.

With Chinese applications banned suddenly, Indian users are now looking for alternatives to replace these Chinese applications. So if you believe, however, that the best alternatives to these Chinese apps are almost impossible, you can find a list of some Smartphone apps that might change your mind.

1.Tik Tok, V Mate, Kwai, Helo, Vigo Video and Bigo Live

Video sharing apps like TikTok, VMate and other items are available in various ways. You can also check out Indian apps like Mitron and Chingari, but they aren’t as well-known as their Chinese counterparts. You can now now move to Instagram, where several of your favorite stars in TikTok can also be tracked. Also, few  more of them are:

  • Bolo Indya
  • Roposo
  • Dubsmash
  1. UC Browser, APUS Browser, DU Browser and CM Browser

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the best options. Both applications constantly add new features and are highly secure. You can also try Jio Browser, as an alternative. It’s one of the popular Indian mobile browsers that provides users with a fast and secure internet surfing experience, but it also offers a similar experience to UC Browser in its engaging news and entertainment content. You can also use:

  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge
  1. SHAREit And Xender

SuperBeam is a common alternative to SHAREit and Xender file-sharing apps. For sharing big files, users may use Wifi direct, NFC or QR codes, and can also transfer files to and from their PC. You can also try:

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Send Anywhere
  • Files Go
  • Share All
  • Smart Share
  • Jio Switch
  1. Cam Scanner

Adobe Scan: OCR PDF scanner is one of the popular applications that can be used as a substitute. You can download the application free of charge. The app also offers the possibility to quickly detect printed text and handwriting using the integrated OCR technology. You can also use:

  • Microsoft Office Lens
  • Photo Scan
  • Tap Scanner
  1. You Cam Makeup, Beauty Plus, Selfie City, Meitu And Photo Wonder

B612 ‘Beauty & Filter Camera’ is a pretty good way to replace popular photo editing tools on your phone. There are also more than 1,500 stickers and a number of beauty effects in real-time. You can also use:

  • Retrica
  • Snapchat
  1. Club Factory, Shein And ROMW

Shein was a popular women’s mode app with a wide range of trendy clothing and accessories.

Myntra, which is also the largest fashion dealer in India, is one of the perfect alternatives. You can also use:

  • Amazon
  • Flipkart
  • Limeroad
  • Nykaa
  1. Mi Video Call

Mi video call is a video calling and chat service of Xiaomi’s own. Fortunately, apps in this category are not lacking and one of the most popular alternatives is WhatsApp. There are more such as:

 

  • Zoom
  • Face Time
  • Google Duo
  • Skype
  • Imo Video Calls

8. Newsdog, UC News, QQ Newsfeed

Some Alternatives for these apps are:

  • Google News
  • Apple News
  • Inshorts
  • Jio News
  • Times Of India
  • Indian Express

9. We Chat And We Meet

Some Alternatives for these apps are:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • whatsapp
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter

10.Baidu Translate

Alternatives of this app are:

  • Google translate
  • Hi Translate

11. Baidu Maps

Few alternatives for this app is:

  • Google Maps
  • Apple Maps

12. App Lock

The Norton App Lock is the ideal alternative to the common AppLock application of China. Users can set a secure password or pattern lock screen to secure and private their Android smartphone.

13. 360 Security

Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is one of the best ways to protect you from viruses and Malware.

14. ES File Explorer

While searching for an app to replace the ES File Explorer there are a range of good choices to consider. File Manager & Free Cloud are two of the best applications with the same functionality and features. Also, Google Files is a good substitute.

15. Mobile Legends 

Alternatives for this gaming app are :

  • Legends of legends
  • PUBG
  • Fortnite Battle Royale