Josh, Moj, Mitron, and Extra: 5 Well-liked Made-in-India TikTok Options
What are the most popular Indian short video apps to use instead of TikTok? It has been a few times since TikTok was banned, and today there are several video sharing apps that we developed ourselves that can offer a similar experience with a touch of India. Apps like Josh, Mitron, Moj, MX Taka Tak, and Public not only have all of the handy tools needed to create your next viral video, but they also offer support for local languages like Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and more.
In June, the government blocked several apps with connections to China, including ByteDance’s popular video sharing platform TikTok. Since then, a number of video sharing apps made in India have met with approval from users and investors alike. While the TikTok alternative Mitron hit the one-crore download mark within just two months of launching in June, Chingari saw one crore download in just 22 days in June. Earlier this week, India’s TikTok spin-off Josh raised over $ 100 million (around 740 billion rupees) from leading investors including Google and Microsoft.
We take a look at five popular, self-developed apps that you can try:
Josh was developed by Ver Se Innovation from Bengaluru, who is also behind the popular aggregator DailyHunt. It’s designed to work just like TikTok. Using content from popular creators like Afsha Shah, Jubin Shah, and Vishal Parekh, users can create duets that range from crooning to their favorite songs or test your acting skills with funny or romantic dialogue. It also features regular developer challenges that could bring you tons of new followers and popularity online. Users can also share a video they like directly through WhatsApp. In addition to content in English, Josh has support for Indian languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and more.
Download Josh: Android | download iOS
Another fun video sharing app, Moj was developed by ShareChat. Despite a quiet start, Moj reportedly recorded over 50,000 downloads in just two days in July. With over seven million developers on the platform, Moj allows users to create quick vlogs on a variety of topics, ranging from food to sports, and enhanced with fun filters, stickers, and quick edit tools. Developers can also publish music videos and classic lip-sync dubbing clips. The app is available in 15 languages and has support for Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Tamil and more.
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MX TakaTak clearly took a lot of inspiration from TikTok. From its name (TikTok – TakaTak) to its logo colors, the app developed by MX Media is a similar experience to the banned Chinese app. MX TakaTak has fast video editing tools, a wide range of stickers and filters, and quick sharing options on various social media platforms, and has had over 50 million downloads to date. And yes, just like all of the other apps on this list, MX TakaTak also has regional language support, including Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, and more.
Download MX TakaTak: Android | download iOS
Public stands out from the rest of the apps on this list for good reason. It is a local news app that gives you short videos of all the happenings and happenings in your area based on your GPS location. From sports games to power outages, users can record and share short videos of all major local events while exchanging their opinions and views. When used properly, this app can be very useful to you and your nearby users as it provides regular updates on necessary events like free health checkups and others in your area. This app also has support for a handful of regional languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and more.
Download Public: Android | iOS
After the TikTok ban, Mitron saw a rapid surge in popularity as well as a fair share of controversy. Back in May, a report suggested that Mitron was indeed a repackaged Pakistani app called TicTic that was rejected by its developers. There were also alleged security vulnerabilities that could compromise user accounts. It was even removed from Google Play in June for violating the shop’s spam and minimum functionality guidelines in June. However, Mitron eventually found its way back to Google Play and quickly passed the one-crore download mark. This could be because of the app’s user interface and editing tools, which are designed to be simple and easy to use. It offers a wide variety of sounds to choose from and use in creations. Users can also use their own sounds to create videos. The app’s hands-free function is also practical.
Download Mitron: Android | download iOS
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