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Mobile apps are being developed all the time across the globe. This includes India.
As technology and innovation advances in the country, there are more startups developing apps for both iOS and Android.
Whether they are gaming or fitness apps, the sheer amount of apps means that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The ease of access means that an app can be downloaded at the tap of a screen.
Although they were developed in India, many apps have achieved popularity in other countries thanks to minor adaptations, like language.
Here are 20 of the best mobile apps that you may or may not know were developed in India.
Paytm is one of the fastest-growing companies in the online-tech space.
Although it was launched many years after PayPal, Paytm provides viable competition.
Paytm became especially popular after India’s demonetisation.
The company was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, India’s youngest billionaire.
Paytm has approximately 250 million registered users with seven million transactions happening every day.
The app started as a prepaid mobile and Direct-to-Home recharge platform.
It later added data card, postpaid mobile and landline bill payments.
Users can book a flight and send money among many other things.
Given that it allows users to make online payments for almost anything, it is no surprise that it operates in more than a dozen other countries, making it one of the most popular mobile apps to be made in India.
LinkedIn Pulse is LinkedIn’s publishing platforms.
Users can write articles, publish and distribute them to their connections.
All posts are published on the Pulse stream and your connections will be able to see your articles on the main LinkedIn newsfeed.
Originally called Pulse, the app was founded by Stanford University graduates Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari.
The app was initially released for iPad but it quickly made its way to other Apple devices as well as Android phones.
Pulse was praised for its simple interface but in 2013, LinkedIn purchased Pulse for $90 million.
The original Pulse app was retired on December 31, 2015.
Nevertheless, this Indian-origin app is ideal for professionals looking to get their content out there.
The majority of people stream their music and there are several services to choose from.
India’s largest commercial streaming service is Gaana and it has over 150 million monthly users.
It was launched in April 2010 by Times Internet and provides both Indian and international music content.
The entire catalogue is available to users worldwide.
Gaana features music from 21 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati and other Indian regional languages.
It doesn’t stop there. Users have a wide array of genres.
From upbeat pop tracks to a classic number, Gaana will leave users spoiled for choice.
Users can also make their playlists public so that they can be seen by other users. They can view and favourite playlists that they like.
A well-known mobile app that was developed in India is Zomato, and it is a favourite among food lovers.
It is a restaurant aggregator and food delivery start-up founded by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah in 2008 as Foodiebay before being renamed Zomato in 2010.
The app provides users with information, menus and user-reviews of restaurants.
Users can also order food to be delivered to them from partner restaurants.
Although Zomato is an Indian company, it operates in different countries.
In 2011, it expanded across India before increasing international operations, including the UK, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
Zomato is currently available in 24 countries and in more than 10,000 cities.
One of the most popular mobile games in India is Ludo King.
Developed by Indian studio Gametion Technologies, Ludo King is based on the classic board game and is a favourite among all ages.
Players roll the Ludo dice and move their counters to make it to the centre of the board. Beat the other players to become the Ludo King.
The game was modernised for phones and different ways to play were created.
Gamers can play offline against the computer or against family and friends.
Players can go online if they want a competitive edge by going against players from around the world.
As it is a great way to pass the time, Ludo King is a great way to relive childhood memories.
Therefore, it is no surprise that it is a very popular app that was developed in India.
In India, there has been a mass ban on Chinese apps and that includes TikTok.
Thankfully, India created a similar app in 2018 called Chingari.
It may be a new app but it has already been downloaded millions of times.
Chingari was initially released in various regional Indian languages. It is now available in more than 50 countries and in over 10 languages.
The mobile app has three main tabs – Videos, News and Game Zone.
The Game Zone is a nice addition for those who enjoy playing quizzes and mini-games. Users can play to earn points for rewards or Paytm credits.
Chingari and several other apps act as Indian alternatives to Chinese apps but the co-founders of the video-sharing app say that they are different from its “cheap” competitors.
Co-founder Sumit Ghosh said: “Unlike its competitors in the Google Play Store that are just cheap copies of a 50 USD script available on Envato and that are only getting some traction due to the ‘boycott Chinese’ sentiment in the country, Chingari has been engineered and developed for over two years with regular feedback from the users.”
Although Paytm is one of India’s most popular e-commerce mobile apps, a competitor is Flipkart.
The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Bengaluru.
The app initially focused on book sales, however, it quickly expanded into other product categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, home essentials and lifestyle products.
In addition to Paytm, Flipkart also competes with Amazon’s Indian subsidiary and the domestic rival Snapdeal.
While Flipkart sells almost anything, the prominent sales are apparel.
The company also sells a lot of electronics and mobile phones, rivalling Amazon’s numbers.
American retail chain Walmart acquired a 77% controlling stake in Flipkart in August 2018 for $16 billion, valuing it at $20 billion.
This only grew Flipkart as a business. It is no wonder that it is one of India’s most well-known mobile apps.
Fitness app StepSetGo was developed by a Mumbai-based startup in 2019.
The app is designed to get people out of their workout slump and motivate them to get fit. StepSetGo promises to make something as simple as walking enjoyable.
The app counts the number of steps you walk in a day and rewards the user.
After every walk, users earn coins that can be redeemed in the in-app store for free gifts and discounts.
This includes Amazon vouchers, headphones and much more.
StepSetGo also has fun challenges to keep you and your friends entertained.
Shivjeet Ghatge, one of the creators, said: “People are turning to apps to get simple and easy fitness solutions.
“However, apps seldom motivate you and expect that you have limitless willpower.
“It is from this insight that the idea of StepSetGo was born.
“We started with an understanding that it’s our responsibility to motivate people as well. We arrived at an idea of rewarding them at every step.”
In India, one of the most popular forms of entertainment is gaming. More specifically, it is online gaming.
Loco is India’s leading live-streaming app made specifically for the Indian gaming community.
Users can play some of their favourite games such as Ludo, Carrom, Pool, and Bull Bash with friends while talking to them directly using the app.
Users can also watch live game streams played by some of the best gamers in India.
Popular gamers to watch include MortaL, Viper and Owais among many others.
The app offers unlimited choices for the most popular eSports teams and players in the world, with exciting opportunities to engage with them.
SignEasy is a cloud-based solution that allows users to sign and fill documents or get documents signed from phone, tablet or computer.
It was developed by Sunil Patro after it was found that more than half of small and medium-sized businesses faced problems with documents being lost.
With SignEasy, users can sign documents digitally from anywhere in the world.
SignEasy works with the likes of Evernote, Google Drive and AppSense.
It is popular on a global scale, being used in more than 150 countries.
When it comes to mobile apps that are made in India, Limeroad is an instant mood lifter as it is an online marketplace.
The company is based in Gurugram, Haryana, and was founded in 2012 by Suchi Mukherjee, Manish Saksena and Ankush Mehra as a fashion marketplace for women.
As a result, it is India’s first women’s social shopping website but it is not limited to just women.
There are clothing and accessories for men and children also.
Limeroad has a wide range of ethnic and Western collections to choose from.
It allows users to create their own look on a virtual scrapbook by using its products and also allows them to earn from the scrapbook they create.
The app is not just limited to clothes. Limeroad has a home section with accessories, curtains and high-quality linen.
In India, a popular hobby is reading. A great app to download is Pratilipi.
It is a self-publishing website and the name is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘copy’, it is a self-publishing website.
It is an online self-publishing and audiobooks portal based in Bengaluru.
It features content in 10 languages: Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, English and Urdu.
Users can publish and read original works such as stories, poetry, essays and articles across multiple genres like suspense, romance, action and adventure, science fiction and a lot more.
Pratilipi also allows readers to rate the content posted by others.
The free app contains a vast array of content, meaning that there is something for everyone.
Not only is the app a great way to unwind but it also opens up the mind to a whole new world.
A great alternative to Gaana is Wynk Music.
Users can enjoy listening to more than six million songs from a variety of genres.
From Bollywood hits to popular international artists in Hip-Hop, Dance, Pop among others, users are spoiled for choice.
As well as HD music streaming, users can sync the lyrics so that they can sing along to their favourite songs, making this app perfect for karaoke.
There are thousands of curated playlists available but users can create their own to share with friends and family.
Users can also follow their favourite music stars and playlists if they have a specific taste in music.
Apps to manage stress and anxiety are becoming more popular among smartphone users.
One app that was developed in India is Slumber.
Founded by Indian Summer LLC, Slumber has a collection of sleep-inducing stories and meditations designed to beat insomnia.
Choose from a range of stories to listen to as you fall asleep, and the background sounds are adjustable to suit you.
Bedtime stories for children are also available on the app.
Slumber also allows you to track your sleep quality over a select period of time.
Bookmyshow is the perfect app to book tickets for almost anything.
The company was founded in 1999 and its headquarters are in Mumbai.
As time went on, an app was naturally created.
It allows users to book tickets for films, plays, concerts and various other events happening in your city.
Users can also check timings, showtimes and schedules to ensure they do not miss their screening.
A perfect app for those who enjoy going out to events.
Ola is the Indian equivalent of Uber.
Ola Cabs was founded in 2010 and it offers services that include a vehicle for hire and food delivery.
Based in Bengaluru, it has transformed the way people travel in India.
Users book an Ola via the app. It even gives the option to choose a car or even a bike to get them where they need to go.
Ola has since expanded to international countries, which includes the UK.
Taking care of one’s health in India has increased in popularity, with people more inclined to track what they eat.
HealthifyMe helps users to track calories, nutrition and fitness, with the help of AI and a team of nutritionists and trainers.
According to Google Play, HealthifyMe is India’s best dietitian app, with a rating of 4.5.
The app’s personal trainers can provide a tailored workout plan, and the app also features daily challenges to improve fitness.
HealthifyMe is also home to Ria, the world’s first AI-powered nutritionist that provides instant insight on workouts and diet plans.
Formerly known as NewsHunt, Dailyhunt is a useful app for those who regularly look at the news.
It compiles news stories from national and regional newspapers into one simple app.
The app also takes stories from websites and other various news sources.
This ensures that users can get their daily fix of news, no matter their interest.
Dailyhunt supports 12 Indian languages and in addition to news, users can also read eBooks and magazines.
Since cricket is India’s most popular sport, it is only natural that there is a cricket-based app.
Cricbuzz is an Indian cricket news website owned by Times Internet and the app provides fans with a daily dose of cricket news.
It also provides pre and post-match coverage of individual teams.
The mobile app even has live coverage of matches with commentary from the likes of Harsha Bhogle, Zaheer Khar and Gaurav Kapoor.
Hotstar is an app for those who enjoy streaming films and TV shows.
It is one of India’s most popular streaming platforms and it is owned by Novi Digital Entertainment, a subsidiary of Star India.
It has a huge library containing original shows and an exclusive film catalogue.
As it brings all of the channels owned by Star, there are thousands of TV shows and films, which make Hotstar the largest library of Indian content.
One advantage it holds over other streaming platforms is that it also offers live streaming of TV channels and sports events.
On April 3, 2020, Hotstar merged with Disney+ after Star India’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, was purchased by Disney in 2019, meaning that even more content is available.
These incredible mobile apps all have different purposes but all provide help when it comes to the required service.
They may have Indian origins but they have expanded to various countries around the world.
This is a testament to how reliable and helpful they are.
The best part is that most of them are free so in just a matter of seconds, they can be installed. So try them out.