App ban won’t impact your Chinese phones, for now

NEW DELHI: Your Chinese smartphones — from firms equivalent to Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and RealMe — will proceed to work and never be instantly affected by the federal government motion in opposition to 59 Chinese apps. But the app ban could impact the robust grip that cellphone makers from throughout the border have on Indian markets.
While there was an anti-Chinese items sentiment in current days, the federal government’s choice to dam well-liked apps equivalent to TikTok, CamScanner and UC Browser could create some concern amongst consumers who’ve historically opted for these smartphones as they’re lighter on the pocket. In reality, many TikTok customers opted for these telephones as a result of they’re excessive on options however are less expensive than comparable telephones from Samsung or Nokia.
With uncertainty round Chinese firms — given current authorities strikes over scanning investments or import consignments from throughout the border — consumers could decide for “safer bets”, cell firm executives stated. Rivals, nonetheless, concede that they themselves supply many of the merchandise from China.

What occurs to present customers of telephones from Chinese firms? The banned apps had been current on the Android (Google) or iOS (Apple) app shops, however can be unavailable as soon as the federal government diktat is applied. They will even cease performing on telephones the place they’ve already been downloaded.
“This will not hamper functioning of devices, which will continue to work as usual. Customers may switch to new apps,” an government with a cellphone producer stated.
“There will definitely be a negative sentiment as people will ask twice before buying a Chinese product,” stated Neil Shah, analysis director at CounterPoint. He stated non-Chinese manufacturers, equivalent to Samsung and Apple and even a number of the homegrown makers, could get to see a traction in demand.
Pradeep Jain, chairman of Jaina group that makes Karbonn telephones, stated, whereas earlier some gadget makers had been pre-installing Chinese apps, the development shouldn’t be that prevalent now. UC Browser was one of many well-liked apps that got here pre-installed on a number of the units, although the corporate was paying a charge to the gadget maker for this. “There have always been concerns around the data usage and harvesting of these apps,” Jain stated.

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