Anti-China sentiment has increased in India in recent weeks, as the two countries have fought a border dispute.
One Touch App Labs, the app developer, has described it as a tool to help support “India based on self” by identifying the origin of the apps installed on mobile phones. The company could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Remove China Apps have been downloaded more than 4 million times before they are removed, according to Analytics Tower. In India, approximately 160,000 users gave the app a 5-star rating on the Play Store before removing it.
But it was not quite successful at spotting apps from Chinese developers, according to some users.
On Tuesday, user Sridhar Toopurani wrote in a review of the app that “while the concept is good … he didn’t discover MI Video, Helo, etc.”
Mi Video is a streaming app from Xiaomi and Chinese smartphone maker Hello
A social media platform developed by ByteDance, the Beijing-based startup behind TikTok. Other users have said that the app also failed to discover PUBG, a popular smartphone game from Tencent (TCEHY)
Select TikTok as Chinese app, according to several reviews. India is one of the largest markets of TikTok, although it has encountered some problems in the country. The app was temporarily banned in India last year, after a court ruled that TikTok could expose children to sexual scammers, pornography and cyberbullying. TikTok appealed the decision, saying that he took strict measures against inappropriate content, and The court overturned its ruling
. At that time Bytedance It said
The country’s Supreme Court has told it is losing $ 500,000 in revenue every day due to TikTok’s ban.
Remove china apps It launched last month, just days after cross-border skirmishes between Chinese and Indian forces resulted in slight troop injuries.
The accident at a remote mountain crossing near Tibet is the latest in a long series of border eruptions between neighboring powers and sparked a new round of anti-China sentiments in India.
Sonam Wangchuk, an educational reformer who has been a source of inspiration for a famous movie character in India, asked his Indian colleagues to boycott all Chinese things in response to the frontier confrontation.
He shared a video clip on YouTube last week, urging Indian citizens to stop buying Chinese goods, “to use the power of your wallet … and to practically stop financing the current military bullying.” The video has been viewed more than 3.7 million times.
The actor, Arshad, addressed 2.2 million of his followers on Twitter, saying that he would “consciously stop using all that is Chinese.”
“Since it is part of most of the things we use, it will take some time, but I know one day I will be free from the Chinese. You should try it too.”
The China removal app caught the attention of the state-run Chinese newspapers, the Global Times.
The Indian program is being
“It is possible to impose a punishment from China,” the tabloid newspaper said. Wrote
, Adding that she “scoffed at Chinese internet users, who suggest Indians can” get rid of “their Chinese branded smartphones.”
Tensions are escalating between the two countries, but they also have a long-term trade relationship.
In the first three months of this year, the Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Vivo were the bestsellers in India, accounting for more than half of the market, according to Canales Research Corporation
. Samsung was in third place, and two other Chinese brands – Realme and Oppo – ranked top five.
India has said it will allow Huawei to participate in some 5G experiments, while other countries have been more reluctant to use the products of the Chinese technology company.
Chinese investors have also pumped a lot of money into some of the most active technology companies in India.
Digital Payments Company Paytm
Support it Ali Baba (Baba)
, Food delivery platform Swiggy
count Tencent (TCEHY)
Among the investors, the auto alert platform Ola
Supported by DiDi Chuxing.
– Vedika Sud contributed to this report.