In June, the Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps including Bytedance-owned TikTok “that such apps pose a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India.” after a geopolitical tension between India and China.
Now the government has listed about 275 Chinese apps that will go under examination for any violation of national security and user privacy norms. The newly created list of apps signals toward a briefed analysis of Chinese internet companies working in India.
According to sources, the list includes gaming and non-gaming apps published by Chinese internet companies including Tencent, Xiaomi, Alibaba, ByteDance, and many more.
Tencent’s PUBG Mobile is one of the biggest names in the list with Xiaomi’s Zili, AliExpress by e-commerce giant Alibaba, SnackVideo by Kuaishou, Resso by ByteDance.
Tencent’s PUBG Mobile has its largest market in India with more than 175 million downloads (about 24%) till June 2020 according to Sensor Tower.
Chinese Internet companies have about 300 million unique users in India that add up to about two-thirds of smartphone users who have downloaded a Chinese app in India, according to industry estimates.
The 275 apps under examination also include 14 Mi apps developed by Xiaomi as well as apps developed by Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, and Yoozoo Global.