The Indian government has banned 54 additional smartphone apps that may have originated in China. This looks to be the first batch of applications to be banned by the government in 2022, following a total of 270 app bans since 2020. While there is no official list of the applications that have been prohibited, media sources from ET Now and ANI have revealed that the government has blacklisted 54 additional apps.
Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera, Viva Video Editor, AppLock, and Dual Space Lite, among the newest restricted applications, are clones or rebrands of many of the over 300 Beijing-affiliated apps that New Delhi has blocked since mid-2020 amid growing geopolitical tensions over a long-running border dispute.
According to a source acquainted with the situation, the South Asian nation’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued the decision, citing Section 69a of the IT Act, 2000.
According to sources, the Ministry of Home Affairs has suggested that 54 Chinese mobile applications be banned because they constitute a security risk to the country. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will issue an official notification prohibiting certain applications from operating in India.
Apart from Free Fire, the latest list of restricted applications largely consists of clones of previously banned apps in India.
According to analytics company App Annie, which an industry official shared with TechCrunch, the Southeast Asian major Sea-owned battle royale game had over 40 million of its 75 million worldwide monthly active players in India in January. Tencent is one of Sea’s biggest sponsors, and the company is secretly testing its social commerce Shopee in India.
Garena’s crew in India was taken aback by the announcement of the ban. According to a source familiar with the situation, the company was looking for partnerships with tournament organisations to help market their game and attract more users and high-profile players in the nation. Sea was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
The Indian government previously banned several popular applications, including TikTok and PUBG Mobile. While PUBG Mobile has made a comeback in India because of Krafton opening a new office and severing relations with its Chinese partners, TikTok has not been so fortunate and remains banned in the nation. Fake copies, including those from China, are claimed to be on the new list of restricted apps.
Full list of 54 Chinese apps banned by the Indian government in February 2022:
1 Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2 Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
3 CamCard for SalesForce Ent
4 Equalizer — Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
5 Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
6 Music Plus – MP3 Player
7Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
8 Video Player Media All Format
9 Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
10 Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
11 Music Player – MP3 Player
12 Music Player- Music, Mp3 Player
13 Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
14 Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
15 APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
16 Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
17 Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
18 Nice video Baidu
19 Tencent Xriver
20 Onmyoji Chess
21 Onmyoji Arena
23 Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
24 Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
25 DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
26 Dual Space – 32Bit Support
27 Dual Space – 64Bit Support
28 Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
29 Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
30 Conquer Online Il
31 Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
32 Notes- Color Notepad, Notebook
33 MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
34 Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
35 Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
36 Lica Cam – selfie camera app
37 EVE Echoes
39 U Game Booster-network solution for high ping
40 Extraordinary Ones
42 Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
43 Twilight Pioneers
44 Cute: Match With The World
45 SmallWorld-Enjoy group chat and video chat
46 CuteU Pro
47 FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
48 FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video
49 MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
50 RealU Lite -video to live!
51 RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
51 Wink: Connect Now
52 FunChat Meet People Around You
54. Garena Free Fire- Illuminate