Assam trio develops TikTok-like TipTeapi

The free app can be downloaded from the Google Playstore and is available to users in India and some other countries

An Assam trio have created a video playback and sharing app that they hope will be India’s answer to the banned Chinese TikTok.

Saswati Kotoky, Amarjyoti Gautam and Himanga Madhukalya – all computer engineers from eastern Assam – told media representatives that their free app was primarily intended for entertainment and could be downloaded from the Google Playstore.

“It will be available to users in India and some other countries,” Ms. Kotoky said after launching the app on Saturday in the city of Jorhat, east of Assam.

“We developed the app to allow people to showcase their talents in comedy, cooking, music, art, and more,” she said.

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The app has 12 categories and people can upload their videos for others to see. As with TikTok, TipTeapi allows users to make friends, follow, like, comment on, and share videos.

“But unlike the Chinese apps, our app is privacy-protected,” said Gautam, adding that they would have the option to block videos if they received complaints about uploading objectionable and obnoxious content.

The trio said they teamed up in 2019 to form an app development startup. Due to the COVID-19 embargo, they focused on entertainment-based apps.

TipTeapi took six months to develop.

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