The absence of TikTok has created a void in the Indian social media scenario which is now slowly being filled by Indian alternatives. The Indian app developers stepped up to meet the sudden demand of content creators created by ban of ‘Chinese’ apps. These home grown companies now have the chance to scoop up new users in droves.
Here are the top social apps that are available to content creators and is filling the void after the ban of TikTok
1. Fun 2: An emerging and a new entrant amongst the new-age video-sharing platforms, Fun2 is looking to explore the nuances of Indian culture and diversity. A made in India application for Indian audiences and diaspora, the Fun2 team is working on an intuitive design and a new refreshing experience for both content creators and viewers. With a “content” first and “creator-driven” strategy in place this app aspires to be the go-to destination for both existing and emerging talent. Audiences & content creators can view, create, and share short as well as long-format videos ranging from 15 seconds to 3 minutes. The technology roadmap for the application includes advanced camera features, a music library, and the use of augmented reality for special effects. Started as a project initiative six months back this platform already has presence of more than 500+ influencers. The Beta version is available in the Google play store with an iOS version and the new design theme with advanced features in the anvil.
2. Roposo: Founded in 2013, Roposo is another Indian short video platform that has garnered many users over a period of time. It is a platform where people express visually with homemade videos and photos. Catering to users aged between 15 and 35 years, the app offers a TV-like browsing experience with user-generated content on its channels. Users can also use editing tools on the platform and upload their content. With 8.5 crores (85 million) users, Roposo provides a space where users can share posts related to different topics like food, comedy, music, poetry, fashion, and travel. It is available in 15 languages.
3. Insta Reels: Going by early trends, Facebook-owned Instagram’s efforts to cash in on the absence of short videos app TikTok in India hasn’t paid off yet. Similar to TikTok, Reels lets people create short-form videos set to music that can be shared with friends and followers and discovered while browsing the app. It’s the newest opportunity for Instagram to bring in users, increase the amount of time people spend in the app every day, and establish itself as a video entertainment platform. Reels allows people to record videos up to 15 seconds long and add popular music, as well as an array of filters and effects, over top of them. Some of its key features are: One can add music, AR effects, speed up/slow down parts of the video, etc.
4. YouTube Shorts: In a bid to give a tough competition to TikTok, YouTube is testing a new feature on its app that will allow users to upload short video clips on the platform. The new feature will allow the users of the app to record multiple short clips directly on the app and upload the same as one video. If the video is less than 15 seconds, then it can be directly uploaded on the app without going to the mobile gallery. However, if the user has a video longer than 15 seconds then it will need to be uploaded from the gallery of the phone. Currently, the feature is limited for some selected Android and iOS users.Apart from the new initiative, YouTube already allows its users to upload the short videos in the form of YouTube stories on the platform which is also known as Youtube Reels.
5. Aii Social: Aii social is a first of its kind social media founded by Ankit Chaudhari which allows users to convert data, social engagement and brand interactions into rewards & payment. Along with content creation and engagement with friends and family, Aii social emphasises on users’ safety and data privacy. The app is a KYC enabled platform in the social space addressing the issue of social bullying & trolling at the same time. The hybrid platform rewards users for their social interactions and data, tackling hidden user data monetisation as it occurs on other social media platforms where users have never before been rewarded for their data. While the app is released for individual users, Aiisma is also running a beta program for business, brand and influencer partners. The first platform to charge only for the real business to consumer interactions, Aii.Social already has over 50 brands working with it. By 2021, the platform aims to reach 5million+ users and plans to expand geographically to the Middle East with social commerce and games made available on the app.
6. MX Takatak: Launched on 4th August, ‘MX TakaTak’ is emerging as a destination for content creators, providing a home-grown platform that brings together India’s short video users and short-form content across genres such as dialogue dubbing, comedy, gaming, DIY, food, sports, memes and many more. Currently, MX Takatak hosts 1Mn+ digital influencers, including audience favorites such as Jannat Zubair, Nisha Guragain and Gima Ashi, who have all chosen to be a part of this large community. MX Takatak has 30 Mn+ video uploads. The platform hosts content in 10 languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Within weeks of launch, MX Takatak has given a platform to content creators across categories, be it nano micro and macro-influencers who put in a lot of creativity and hard work into their videos, bringing alive their dreams.
Top Google Play Store Alternatives for Android Users
World over individuals, institutions, and Governments are more aware of the role that technology plays in their lives. One aspect that we tend to overlook with our smartphone usage is our choice of store for apps. Here are the best options for Android users for other stores that ought to explore.
Google Play Store
One of the first mobile app stores, Google Play Store was introduced in 2008 with a vision to target the Android market. We all know how successful and popular this app store is across the globe. On average, this store comprises 2,714,499 apps, with 3739 new apps being added regularly.
Samsung Galaxy Store
Available to Samsung app users, the Galaxy Store comes with a minimalistic interface with two tabs on the home screen: games and apps. The store which previously contained themes, wallpapers, games, etc. has recently reshaped itself with more focus on app and content delivery in local languages. As a result, it now also provides a curated list of app, game recommendations, better gaming perks, and app-exclusive features and offers.
Indus App Bazaar
Designed to help users discover new and trending apps in their preferred language, Indus App Bazaar houses over 400,000 apps in English as well as 12 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati, Tamil and Bengali. Driven to support ‘Made in India’ and ‘Vocal for Local’ initiatives, this app store aims to address the needs of Indian consumers using local and linguistic content. Indus App Bazaar has delivered 1 billion installs+ updates to over 100 million users.
Amazon App Store
Available on all Amazon Fire devices, the Amazon App Store is not just limited to these devices but is accessible to more. To make it more rewarding, Amazon has recently redesigned the store by introducing Amazon Coins, which is a virtual currency to buy apps on discount or for free. This is what sets this store apart from others.
OPPO App Market
Created for ColorOS devices, the OPPO App Market enables users to download all types of Android apps and games for free. The app market offers a wide array of apps that span across categories such as music, social, office, books, photography, health, etc. Both Oppo and Vivo, top Chinese players joined forces to launch this app store to allow developers to market their creations in overseas markets.
Started as an online marketplace of apps for Xiaomi smartphone users, Xiaomi GetApps now supports devices from other manufacturers as well. The best part about this app store is that it offers all popular applications, including PUBG, VSCO, and more than that, it also has a section called ‘Today’, which comprises various useful and interesting apps that are updated regularly.
Huawei App Gallery
A perfect place to discover your next favorite apps and games, Huawei App Gallery offers a wide array of exclusive content, coupled with free welcome gifts, special in-game events, competitions, and prize draws to make app shopping more rewarding for users. Although it doesn’t have common apps like Zoom, Netflix, Facebook, and even WhatsApp, users don’t have to fret because the store has these apps in APK formats. So, nothing can stop you from using these apps anyway.
Times Music Signs Global Licensing Deal with Video Sharing App Triller
Times Music and viral music video sharing app, Triller – announce their global licensing partnership. Times Music is a dominant market shareholder in Punjabi, Bollywood, regional and independent music and this deal would result in making Times Music’s diverse repertoire being available for users of the Triller app, across the world.
All of Times Music’s catalog, with over 56,000 songs is now available on the Triller app, for its massive user base to use the music to create short-form content.
“Times Music’s diverse catalog and its dominating position in the Punjabi and regional marketplaces, gives Triller a significant advantage to navigate the length and breadth of the country. We are very thrilled to have our entire library on Triller,” said Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music.
“Times Music, one of India’s leading record music labels represents cultural diversity of Indian Music covering prime languages, among many others. As always our goal is to ease creations and move forward to offer our users with an even larger pannier of music to create and share content with freedom” said Raj Mishra, GM, Triller India
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Bobble AI has introduced a section on the keyboard called “Covid 19 Resources”that has credible, real-time links providing nationwide information. All Android users who have default Bobble Indic keyboard across all 120+ Indic & international languages, along with IOS and users of Bobble’s regional keyboards (including Marathi, Malayalam, Bangla and Hindi keyboards) can access information with telephone numbers and addresses segregated into sections: oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, ventilators, Remdesivir, plasma donors, etc. These are being collated on a real-time basis picked up from government sources and tweets based on Covid related keywords. All Bobble users can share the links with others.
“The last few weeks have been exceptionally hard, with the second wave of the virus outbreak in the country, and depleting resources. Social media platforms have been filled with people seeking help. Seeing the massive need to provide essential sources of information and resources inspired us to collate a simple and easy-to-share database of important links for Covid-19 related resources. It is time that each organization steps up and contribute in their own way in this hour of grave crisis. ” commented Ankit Prasad, CEO, and Founder, Bobble AI.
Steps to follow
Step 1: Open the conversation where you need to share the leads and select the Fonts option.
Step 2: Select the COVID-19 resources section and share verified covid resources to help others
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