India has already banned TikTok, WeChat and many other apps of Chinese origin, but apparently it is only the first step. In the past few hours, the government of New Deli has announced the censorship of about 47 other apps from the Play Store and App Store: there is not yet a complete list, but these are mostly apps that clone those banned at the first round.
According to rumors, however, there is an even wider ban on the pipeline. Indian users could be forced to give up, among others, a hyper popular game like PUBG, Aliexpress ecommerce and all Supercell games, such as Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. If the first two titles are clearly of Chinese origin, respectively owned by TenCent Games and Alibaba Inc., Supercell might at first surprise, because it is of Finnish origin: but it has received substantial funding from TenCent.
Overall, India would be considering banning another 275 apps. It's not just a matter of national security fears: relations between the two powers have worsened in recent weeks due to some military movements along their shared border. The border has been controversial for years because in some places it is not precisely defined, and both governments are convinced that some areas, mainly mountainous, are owned by them. After several years of relative calm, the two armies recently actively fought each other, causing fatalities.
Overall, India aims to block the following developers, according to rumors:
- LBE Tech
- Sina Corp
- Netease Games
- Yootoo Global
- Perfect Corp
The best Galaxy of 2020? Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, on offer today from Mobzilla for 639 euros or from Yeppon for 769 euros.