- India on Monday evening banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular apps like TikTok.
- Indian app developers and entrepreneurs welcome the move.
- Indian apps will now get a fair chance at success, say Indian developers.
As the government banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, a wave of happiness came over the Indian tech startup community. Technology startups believe this will open new avenues for them.
IITian Sharad Shankar, who studied from IIT Kanpur started his company AndOr Communications in 2015 in December and launched an app LightX Photo Editor in 2018. His app LightX Photo Editor competes with Chinese apps (Beauty Plus, Meitu, Photo Wonder), all of which have been banned by the government.
Their app is an indigenous one built by IITians and an IIM graduate and has 40 million users. Speaking with India Today he said, "Chinese apps flooded the Indian market in 2014-2015 and slowly began capturing the Indian market... Such is the influence of the Chinese players that the top 20 apps in Google Play Store are Chinese apps," he added.
Hailing the government's decision, Sharad said the ban will pave way for Indian tech companies and give them an opportunity to flourish. He added, "Our app used to compete with Chinese apps and now with this ban, we will have an edge over them. The time is ripe for Indian companies to grow and to sell their apps abroad."
Prashant Kumar, co-founder, AndOr Communications told India Today that their company doesn't have any Chinese investment, a pure Indian company.
"Our app (LightX Photo Editor) was given the best app of the year award in 2018 by Google Play," he added.
Not just LightX, the company also developed VMX Video Editor which competes with Chinese apps (Vigo Video, Viva Video).
Both Sharad and Prashant believe the move by the government will give an opportunity to India to capture the market which was until now under China's stronghold. Government sources say if Indian sovereignty is undermined then more Chinese apps will be banned in the days to come.