‘Vocal for Local’ is the new mantra given by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation. It has caused many professionals to look for productivity apps which are #MadeinIndia. Productivity apps and career growth go hand in hand. Hence, using the best mobile applications and online tools is crucial. Can you also promote #VocalforLocal mantra with your work? Yes, You can!
The global software sector is dominated and marked by a huge number of talented Indians. However, due to reasons like lack of a powerful parent company and poor marketing, some of the tools developed in India are lesser-known as compared to their foreign counterparts. Thus, keeping up with the spirit of ‘Vocal for Local’, we are going to list the top Indian apps and tools that you can use instead of the common non-Indian alternatives available.
The shift in the stance towards homemade products isn’t new. In the past few years, there has been a lot of emphasis on schemes like ‘Startup India‘, ‘Digital India‘ and ‘Skill India‘. All of this is focussed on developing the skill set of Indian people and enabling them to start world-class initiatives.
Besides having a detrimental effect on the economy, foreign apps and software are often alleged of mishandling user data. Indigenous products are bound by stringent laws and thus are more accountable to the people. Productivity tools, games, shopping, security, banking, entertainment, social media, education – you name it, and there is an equally good or better alternative to existing popular apps and websites. A lot of developed in India apps are already giving stiff competition to international big guns, and small support from our side will help us dominate the app stores across the globe. Here are the best apps you can switch to and thus contribute to this movement for the promotion of desi products.
- EPIC Browser (Play Store / Apple App Store) It has an inbuilt VPN, Adblocker, and Video Downloader.
- Jio Browser (Play Store / Apple App Store) It has been designed keeping the Indian people in mind and offers seamless browsing and privacy.
Everyone needs one of these files sharing apps at some point in time. However, given the issue of data privacy, one needs to be sure of the app they are using. Here are the best Indian-Made File sharing apps:
- Jio Switch (Play Store / Apple App Store) 5 Million+ downloads and 4.7 stars on play store. It is secure and ad-free.
- SHAREall – Share Files & Send Anywhere (Play Store / Apple App Store) 10 Million + downloads and 4.4 stars on the google play store
If you type in an Indian language then you must have an additional keyboard in your phone too. What could be better if you had a good Made in India keyboard for typing in an Indian language? Here is the list:
- Bobble Indic Keyboard (Play Store / Apple App Store) Has fun custom stickers option
- Desh Keyboard (Play Store / Apple App Store) Makes typing in regional languages faster
- Lipikaar Hindi Keyboard (Play Store / Only for Android) Type in 14 Indic languages
- DOC Scanner: (Play Store / Apple App Store) Brilliant 4.7 stars from more than 28,000 reviews.
- Doc Scanner and PDF Creator: (Play Store / Only for Android) All your scanning and editing needs have been compiled in this single Indian made package.
Zoom has been in controversy over data privacy issues since the lockdown began. You can proudly use these Indian apps to connect with colleagues and family over video conference.
- Milan Setu (Play Store / Apple App Store – Unavailable)
- Say Namaste (Play Store / Apple App Store)
- JioMeet( Play Store / Apple App Store ) Launched on 2nd July, it can support up to 100 users at a time.
Security is the most important facet to take care of in a smartphone. You can use the Jio Security app to protect your phone from viruses without any additional cost. An offering of the Jio group, this app will integrate well with your Jio network and mobile phones.
The internet has changed the way people approach education, learning, and certifications for moving ahead in their career. However, often the best Indian platforms that offer excellent study material and certification go unnoticed. The top platforms are-
- NPTEL – National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning: An absolute gem of a place if you want to learn anything related to science, technology, engineering, economics, or language. It has recorded video modules made by the best professors of the top IITs. More importantly, all of this is free of cost, and anyone can access it. Certificates are also provided after an examination and payment of a small fee.
- SWAYAM: Another excellent initiative of the government. It is an integrated platform to learn anything taught anywhere in any government college virtually.
- Elearnmarkets: Financial knowledge is often not readily available in regional languages. Elearnmarkets has filled this gap with their amazing free as well as paid courses on financial topics.
Collaboration Apps/Regional Apps
If you think that TikTok is irreplaceable, then you couldn’t be more on the wrong side. Some best Indian apps for fun-
- Share Chat (Play Store / Apple App Store)ShareChat is an Indian social media platform, developed by Mohalla Tech Private Limited and founded by Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh, and Farid Ahsan.
- Roposo App (Play Store / Apple App Store) It is an Indian video sharing and creation app.
- Pratilipi (Play Store / Apple App Store) Free books, stories, and audiobooks in regional languages.