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TikTok�s Desi Rival 'Chingari' Gets 1 Million Downloads Overnight After Chinese Apps Ban In India

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In a surprising move, the Indian government decided to ban the use of 59 Chinese apps in India last night. The list included some really popular apps like TikTok, Cam Scanner, and more. Luckily, there are a ton of alternatives out there for almost every app on the list.

And if there wasn't an alternative, a lot of Indian developers decided to step up their game overnight to come up with something new. On the same lines, there's now a new desi TikTok rival called 'Chingari'.

TikTokâs Desi Rival © MensXP/Karthik Iyer

Yes, the app is indeed called 'Chingari' and it's essentially a short video platform just like TikTok. Pretty sure most of you guys are hearing this name for the first time. Well, that's because this app was nowhere to be seen on the radar until yesterday.

Now, it has over 1 million downloads on the Google Play Store. It literally registered 100,000 downloads per hour, which is absolutely insane. This was revealed by Sumit Ghosh, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Chingari app on Twitter.

100,000 downloads per hour, guys please be patient! we are working on the servers and getting things up and running asap! pic.twitter.com/h3lGCbe4yl

â Sumit Ghosh (@sumitgh85) June 29, 2020

So, what do we know about this app? Sadly, there's not a lot that we know, so far, because the app was completely unusable at the time of writing this story. 

We downloaded the app to check it out, but we were mostly stuck on a white loading screen. We think the devs were not ready for an overwhelming response overnight.

While most people are on the lookout for a TikTok alternative in India, we're not sure if 'Chingari' is the right one to go for. It seems like a relatively new app made to attract users just in time for the Chinese ban. 

We suggest you wait a bit longer till we get some more clarity on the app.


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