Ban On ‘Made-in-China’ Apps Gives India’s TikTok Rivals A Boost

13 views Reading Time: < 1 minute

India’s decision to ban 59 ‘made-in-China’ apps is proving a blessing to local software developers, especially alternatives to video-sharing social networking service TikTok, which until the ban had 200 million users in the country.

By clicking Subscribe, you agree to our Privacy Policy.


Some experts, however, see challenges for Indian app developers in ensuring they can win over users from Chinese peers. Sanchit Vir Gogia, founder of Greyhound Research, stresses that it is difficult for apps made for a specific country or market to compete with larger players.

“[A]pplications require a critical mass of users to be successful, to learn from and most importantly allow for the scale critical to ensure a good return for investors,” Gogia said, adding that there are additional issues and problems for Indian ones. They include the country’s lack of both available talent and the ability to invest long term in a product, poor user experience and — crucially — the application’s viability given the current focus on the domestic market, he said.

But the biggest threat for Indian developers could be if the government again opens up the domestic market to Chinese apps, Gogia said. “If TikTok is back soon after ensuring full compliance with local laws, it will come back with a vengeance and can be expected to spend incrementally on ensuring both retaining and furthering its user base in the country,” he said.

Nikkei Asian Review

<strong>Analyst: Sanchit Vir Gogia</strong>
Analyst: Sanchit Vir Gogia

Sanchit is the Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Research, a Global, Award-Winning, Digital & Technology Research & Advisory firm.

By clicking Subscribe, you agree to our Privacy Policy.

Copyright Policy. All content contained on the Greyhound Research website is protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published, or broadcast without the prior written permission of Greyhound Research, or, in the case of third-party materials, the prior written permission of the copyright owner of that content. You may not alter, delete, obscure, or conceal any trademark, copyright, or other notice appearing in any Greyhound Research content. We request our readers to not copy Greyhound Research content and not republish or redistribute them (in whole or partially) via emails or republishing them in any media, including websites, newsletters, or intranets. We understand that you may want to share this content with others, so we’ve added all relevant links and tools under each content piece that allow you to share the content. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Relations Team at

Leave a Reply