Chingari crosses 5 million downloads Aday after the government of India announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, the Bytedance-owned short video app has stopped working in India. This has led to a huge surge in downloads of TiktTok’s Indian rival Chingari and Mitron app. Chingari on Tuesday witnessed 1 lakh downloads per hour, reveals the co-founder.
The TikTok ban has really made the its Indian competitors happy. In a tweet, the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of the Chingari app said that Chingari had witnessed a massive surge in downloads ever since the ban was announced. “100,000 downloads per hour, guys please be patient! we are working on the servers and getting things up and running asap!” Ghosh wrote. Chingari crosses 5 million downloads
In just about 72 hours, the Chingari app was downloaded 5,00,000 downloads on Google Play Store. And now that TikTok has completely stopped working in India, the numbers will only go up. Earlier, Chingari had welcomed the government’s decision to ban Chinese apps.
“This is a very good step taken by the Govt of India and the IT Ministry of India. For a very long time, TikTok has been spying on users and sending back the data to China. We are happy that this step has been finally taken.I thank and congratulate Narendra Modi sir. And we assure we would like to welcome all the users of TikTok to come and try our Chingari, which is a 100% India grown app and made for the passionate Indians,” Ghosh had said in a statement.
Now coming back to TikTok, the app has completely stopped working in India moments after it was removed from Google Play Store and App Store. Every time you try to open the app, a message by the company pops up that reads, “Dear Users,On June 29, 2020 the Govt. of India decided to block 59 apps, including TikTok. We are in the process of complying with the Government of India’s directive and also working with the government to better understand the issue and explore a course of action. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority.TikTok India Team.”
Earlier in a statement, TikTok India Head Nikhil Gandhi had said that the company is complying with the government to come up with a solution. He also denied the claims that the app sends out users’ data to foreign countries.
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chingari-crosses-5-million-downloads-on-play-store-as-TikTok-stops-working Following the anti-China sentiments and social media uproar against Chinese apps in India, a lot of native apps have started to garner users who are migrating from these apps. One such app has turned out to be Chingari, which has crossed the 2.5 million download mark recently. However, the co-founders of the app differentiate themselves from developers who are trying to cash in on the “boycott Chinese” sentiments. The Google Play page shows the Chingari app was released in November 2018.
“Unlike its competitors in the Google Play Store that are just cheap copies of a 50 USD script available on Envato and that are only getting some traction due to the ‘boycott Chinese’ sentiment in the country, Chingari has been engineered and developed for over 2 years with regular feedback from the users,” said Sumit Ghosh, the co-founder and Chief of Product and Growth.
The short video sharing app reached the milestone from 550,000 downloads in just 10 days. Sumit Ghosh, the co-founder and Chief of Product and Growth, said that the top 20 per cent of its most active users are spending 1.5 hours daily on the app and the average daily engagement time for its users is 7.5 minutes.
Just like VMate, Chingari pays its content creator on the basis of how viral the video becomes. For every video that users upload, they get points per view which can be redeemed for money. Chingari app’s main screen. (Image: Screenshot/ Chingari app)
The video part looks similar to the likes of TikTok, Likee, and VMate but with some differences and lesser functions of course. You can swipe up or down for more videos but cannot swipe right for the creator’s profile. Instead, you need to click on the user’s picture at the bottom to see the profile, which again doesn’t showcase the videos from the creator in tile format but has a timeline design.chingari-crosses-5-million-downloads-on-play-store-as-tiktok-stops-working How videos tab on Chingari app looks like. (Image: Screenshot/ Chingari app)
I spent some time on the app and wasn’t impressed by the video part. The Chingari app could have garnered more than 2.5 million downloads but there is a lack of creators as well as viewers on the platform. The video making tool needs some improvement as well as more filters and stickers. Also, it looks like the major user base of the app spend their time on News tab or Game section as my feed did not show me a single video that had more than 2,000 views and I could not find a creator with more than 100 followers.Chingari crosses 5 million downloads
The Game Zone looks like a neat addition to the Chingari app for those who like to play quiz and mini-games to earn points or Paytm cash. On the app, you can play Bingo and Quiz or choose a game from a long list of mini-games that also include popular games like Cut the Rope, Sudoku, and more. To play any of these games, you need to wait a bit before the game loads within the Chingari app. Depending on the size of the game, the wait time could wary. Game Zone on the Chingari app. (Image: Screenshot/ Chingari app)
I liked the News tab on the app, which turned out to be a reliable source of information. You can follow your favourite news publishers to access them with a single tap or consume news category-wise. The News tab also has a ‘For you’ section but I cannot comment on its efficiency based on my limited time with the app. To read a news article, you do no need to leave the app. Once you click on a news article, the website opens within the app’s in-app browser. You can save WhatsApp Status on Chingari app. (Image: Screenshot/ Chingari app)
Apart from these three tabs, Chingari app has a nice little feature that I found quite useful. You can download the WhatsApp Status using the application with just a single tap on the condition that you have already opened the Status in WhatsApp. To use the feature, tap on the arrow button towards the left and tap on WhatsApp Status to see all the status segregated into images and videos, which you can download with a simple tap.Chingari crosses 5 million downloads