The Indian government finally took action on 29th June 2020 by banning 59 Chinese apps including TikTok which had a huge customer base in India with about 200 million users.
The move came after tensions at the border increased in the Galwan Valley region.
Since the beginning of such tensions, social media had been flooded with posts using #boycottchina, which showed the sentiments of the public in general.
Many social media influencers had appealed to their followers to uninstall all Chinese apps from their devices.
REACH OF CHINESE APPS
Chinese apps have been of major help to a lot of users around the world. From apps like CamScanner to (Zoom which was not included in the list of 59 apps), these apps have become very essential for a person’s day to day activities.
It is also important to notice how these Chinese apps had actually made their huge customer base in India through sponsored videos. Apps like Vmate, Likee, Club Factory among others were actually sponsoring those social media influencers who had audiences aged between 15-30.
These Chinese apps were easily able to capture the market as India has the largest population in this age group.
Now since they have been banned, here are a few alternatives that can help you continue your work.
Adobe Scan instead of CamScanner
CamScanner app would let you click pictures, modify them, and convert them to PDF format, all within your mobile phone. Here to replace this Chinese app you can install Adobe scanner which would be as efficient and will get your work done. It is developed by Adobe Inc, an American organization
JioSwitch instead of Xender or Shareit
File transfer with JioSwitch is as smooth as it can get. You can transfer files from other devices easily within no time. JioSwitch is developed by Reliance Jio an Indian company.
Google Chrome/Bharat Browser instead of UC Browser
If you’re someone who uses Xiaomi, Vivo, or Oppo smartphones, you might be aware of the UC Browser, which you can replace by either google chrome or the Indian browser Bharat browser.
KineMaster instead of VivaVideo
Video content creators can benefit by using KineMaster for capturing and editing videos, through their mobile phones. KineMaster is a company based in Seoul, South Korea.
ProtonVPN instead of TurboVPN
Now VPN is not recommended, but if you’re someone who has to access blocked websites regularly for professional purposes, then you can use ProtonVPN, which is developed by a Swiss company.
Triller or Chingari instead of Vmate
For all those of you who were about to start or had already begun their journey as social media influencers on apps like VMate, you need not worry, as the alternative is our very own Indian company Chinagri.
The good part about Chingari is that it is accessible in many regional languages like Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.
Flipkart instead of Club Factory
If you had been making online purchases from Club Factory, just because it gave you discounts, then you need to have a look at the Indian alternative Flipkart, which provides huge discounts on Big Billion Days and other Flash Sales.
The government has finally taken steps to actually boycott china, and now it’s the turn of the citizens of the country to try and purchase products that are NOT made in China and even better if Made in India.
So, just imagine the market share of Chinese companies in the country.
Chinese companies try and lure customers with their aggressive pricing in almost all sectors. But its high we stop letting these companies through their tactics exploit us and use them against us.
It is going to be hard to stop using Chinese apps and products immediately but we can get there gradually. This is because more than half the products in our home are Made in China if they are not, the raw materials are probably Chinese companies.
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Sources: Blogger’s own experience
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