To counter Chinese influence in the internet space of India, 59 Chinese apps banned in India. The government of India took a significant decision of banning major Chinese applications.
The government has banned some 59-apps in India. We will provide you with a complete list of
The territorial and trade disputes between China and India isn’t something new. However, from the past few months, the tension between two major countries has been growing steadily.
Recently, the territorial dispute between the two countries made it to the news headlines after a deadly fight broke out between the border troops of both countries.
As per the sources, the brawl started between the troops of China and India because Chinese People’s Liberation Army killed Colonel B Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of the Indian Army.
The fight was so deadly that Jawans of 16 Bihar regiment snapped necks of at least 18 PLA soldiers and smashed faces of many more.
Surprisingly, Jawans of 16 Bihar resorted to primitive methods of hand to hand combat to fight against PLA soldiers.
There is ongoing unrest in the Indian public against China. The administration took the first significant step against China with Chinese apps banned in India
Chinese Apps Banned in India
If you have been following the news, you must have heard about the China-US Trade War. The unrest against China is the result of dirty, unethical tactics used by China against the competitors.
Not to forget that the US administration is taking strong actions against Chinese companies who are quite infamous for their IP theft, which means Intellectual Property Theft.
The IP Theft is a rampant practice among the Chinese manufacturers, which has allowed them to exploit the benefits and push the original makers out of the market.
Now, let’s talk about Chinese apps banned in India. Internet usage in India has grown exponentially since 2010.
Earlier, the internet was limited to corporations, cafes and wealthy classes of society. However, as technology progressed and smartphones have become common among the common folk.
The affordable internet packs have given easy access to high-speed internet to smartphone users. That’s where Chinese manufacturers saw an opportunity.
For the past few years, the Chinese smartphone makers have captured and expanded the customer base in the Indian market. If you look at the following chart, you’ll realize how deeper their market winning has gone.
Smartphone Market Share – Breakdown of Data
The data from the above chart suggests that Xiaomi controls the 30% smartphone market. Other Chinese smartphone makers like Vivo(17%), Oppo(12%) and Realme(14%) are famous in the market. The only non-Chinese smartphone giant in the market is Samsung, which holds 16% of the market.
Software Industry Market Share
The Chinese investors like Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Tencent Holdings and Fosun RZ Capital have poured millions of dollars into big startups of India.
The beneficiaries of Chinese money are big players like BigBasket, PayTM, Delhivery, Zomato, OYO Rooms, and Ola.
If you dig into details, the Chinese have bankrolled over 90 promising startups of India and invested over $4B into them.
It's not just about investment into Indian startups. The original Chinese apps by Chinese tech companies have been booming into the Android and Apple app stores.
You can take TikTok, for instance. TikTok, previously Musical.ly, has exploded into the Indian market. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say at least one in ten Indian regularly uses the app or at least have installed it on the phone.
As of November 2019, TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in India, with almost 190 million downloads.
However, as the disputes of China against many countries have increased. At the same time, concerns over privacy and safety of the users using Chinese phones and apps have been growing seriously.
Complete List of 59 Apps
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browser
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
17. Club Factory
19. Beauty Plus
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
25. QQ Music
26. QQ News Feed
27. Bigo Live
29. Mail Mast
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault- Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy
Following the recent brawl against China on the Ladakh-Tibet border, the Indian government on Monday released a press note stating names of 59 Chinese apps banned in India, on both App Store and Play Store.
The ban includes major apps like TikTok, WeChat, Helo, UC Browser and ecom apps like Club Factory too. You can see the major applications enlisted in the ban declared by the Government of India.
With these apps removed from Indian Play Store and App Store, it would be necessary to find their alternatives.
The government’s move that led to Chinese apps banned in India is a first bold move to topple the monopoly of China in the world of manufacturing and trade. It will be interesting to see how Chinese companies and governments respond to it.
Even though China has other customers, considering the number of users it has and money they pumped into Indian market, it will be foolish to think that Chinese will not retaliate in some way.
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