WhatsApp’s Made in India Option Sandes App Launched by Government, Trial Begins!

WhatsApp Indian Alternative: We read a lot of big news in 2020 about data privacy. For this, the government ordered many Internet companies to set up their servers in India. Then in September, hundreds of Chinese developers’ apps were banned in India and under the self-sufficient India campaign to encourage Indian developers to develop secure homegrown apps. A lot happened in the year 2020 and now WhatsApp’s new Indian option “Sandes” app has been launched. Recently, after making changes in the privacy policy, WhatsApp has received a lot of criticism worldwide. Crores of users started using Telegram and Signal app. In such a situation, the government has now brought a new instant messaging app Sandes for Indians.

According to Business Standard report, the Indian government has launched the new Sandes app, which is an instant messaging option of WhatsApp. The app is completely Indian and is currently working on a trial basis. The report further states that the Sandes (Sandes) app, which is being called GIMS, is currently given to select government employees to use. This app is called Government Instant Messaging Systam (GIMS). At present, there is no information about whether the app has been introduced only for government work or the general public will also be able to use it.

In the beginning of the year, WhatsApp made changes to its privacy policy, after which the Facebook-owned company was under question. After this, crores of users started using Telegram and Signal app. However, the app developer had clearly stated in its explanation that these changes were not for the general user, but were made for business accounts. Nevertheless, the government had questioned the company and expressed concern about the users’ personal information. It may be that the Sandes app was launched due to this. Government activities are sensitive and government employees getting access to this app tells that the government has not fully trusted WhatsApp at the moment.

According to the report, this app works on Android and iOS platforms. However, the app is not available in the App Store on both platforms. It is being given directly to government employees. The Sandes app is designed to be similar to the new modern chatting apps, with chatting as well as the option to transfer voice messages and media files.

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