Chingari app, which is being touted as a new “Indian alternative” to TikTok, has crossed over 25 lakh downloads on Google Play store. According to the company, the app reached the latest milestone of 25 lakhs downloads from roughly 6 lakh downloads in just ten days. The short video-sharing app has largely favorable reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5. The app is also available to download via Apple App Store where its average rating is 3.9 out of 5. Recently, another TikTok rival, Mitron app crossed one crore downloads on Google Play store.
The Chingari app is a short video-sharing platform founded by two Bengaluru-based programmers, Biswatma Nayak and Siddharth Gautam. The app was first launched on Google Play in November 2018 while it debuted on iOS in January 2019, a company representative told Gadgets 360.
Similar to TikTok, the Chingari app is free to download and allows users to view or upload short videos on the platform. Users can watch the video by scrolling up or down, without signing in. Users, however, are required to login to like or upload videos. Additionally, the app is available in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.
The rise in Chinagri’s userbase comes at a time when India is witnessing a growing anti-China sentiment. Recently, another Indian TikTok rival, Mitron app hit over 1 crore downloads on Google Play.
The company has also been updating the app since its launch for a better user experience. Speaking about this, Chingari Co-founder Sumit Ghosh said, “Chingari has been engineered and developed for over two years with regular feedback from the users to cater to the fast-moving needs of modern Bharat. Also, Chingari ensures transparency and the highest data privacy standards.”
The app is also generating a lot of buzz on social media. The chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra has come out in support of the app on Twitter.