7 Indian App Alternatives to Popular Foreign Ones

JioPages Browser instead of UC Browser 

Most of the time, UC Browser came pre-installed with Chinese phones and other electronic products. The browser was developed by the internet company UCWeb, a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group. Since the imposed ban, the best alternative to UC Web Browser is JioBrowser developed by Reliance. It is one of the most lightweight apps that offers a fast and safe surfing experience. Alongside engaging news and entertainment content, the app has lots of features like incognito mode, offline pages, QR code scanners, regional language support, and even desktop mode.

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Kagaaz Scanner instead of Cam Scanner

CamScanner is a Chinese document scanning app introduced in India in 2011. It allowed users to scan photos and documents with a multitude of other scanning options. Due to security issues with the trojan virus in the app, it was banned in India. However, you can use Kagaaz Scanner, (launched just days before the Chinese Apps Ban) which is an Indian version of the app and serves pretty much the same purpose. It was created by IIT graduates and is in fact more efficient than CamScanner in terms of the quality of the documents. 

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Myntra instead of Shein

Shein, a Chinese fashion e-commerce platform was banned in India last year due to illegal customs practices. Myntra, a similar e-commerce platform is a popular Indian fashion e-commerce company headquartered in Bengaluru. Myntra was founded in 2007 and was eventually sold to Flipkart in 2015. It is famous for its lifestyle collection, offering the latest in fashion for men, women, and kids. The app also includes the latest gadgets, accessories, and cosmetics.

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Inshorts instead of Newsdog

Newsdog was among those Chinese apps that targetted the Indian user base as the primary audience, to supply short news bytes, in more than 10 Indian languages. An alternative to consider after the ban would be the Inshorts app, which summarises news content in a short and crisp format of 60 words or less. It also offers personalized stories and video content along with a plethora of news sourced from multiple national and international outlets.

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Ludo King instead of Clash of Kings

Clash of Kings, a multiplayer online strategy game has been one of the top-grossing apps on the App Store and Google Playstore. However, it was banned by the Indian government in 2020 due to privacy issues. With the ban, if you want the excitement to continue, you can opt for Ludo King. Developed by an India-based software developer company Gametion, Ludo King is undoubtedly India’s favorite. It is the first Indian gaming app to cross 100 million downloads and also provides different gameboard themes like Nature, Egypt, Disco, and Christmas. Ludo King can also be played offline and usually supports up to 6 players in multiplayer mode.

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Jio Meet instead of Zoom

Although headquartered in California, the product development of Zoom predominantly happens in China. In case you are looking for a local alternative to Zoom, then JioMeet is your best bet. JioMeet is a multi-platform video conferencing application created by Reliance and launched in June 2020. It is available for Android, iOS, and desktop and also offers WebRTC support, which allows it to be used without downloading the application.

Click here to download. 

K7 Total Security instead of Virus Cleaner 

Virus Cleaner is an anti-virus app that was also banned by the Indian government in 2020 concerning its privacy issues. On the other hand, the K7 Total Security app, a product of K7 Computing, is a multiplatform anti-malware and antivirus software. Along with anti-theft features, it also has a call blocker and phishing protection. It also won the AV-Comparatives award for the best antivirus, in the year 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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