With India and China locked in a border battle which has already seen plenty of casualties, the Indian government finally decided to take a stern step of banning 59 Chinese apps in India. While the ban covers a range of apps, short video app TikTok, file transfer app SHAREit, UC web browser, fashion platform Shein were among the most used apps in India. This has given a big impetus to many Indian alternatives that are directly competing with the Chinese apps as well as global counterparts.
Many of the apps included in the list are among the top-grossing apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. At least 15 of these Chinese apps have regularly featured on the top 50 lists on the Play Store. Now that these applications are officially banned by the Indian government, users are looking for different apps with similar functionality.
While many of the banned apps have direct Indian replacements, there are some categories where there are no Indian offerings, or the apps themselves don’t have a sizeable audience. Given the high buzz around the ban, many Indian apps could come up as replacements in any of the below categories.
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