Mitron: India’s answer to TikTok Gets Instant Fame with 5 Million Downloads
In the backdrop of a long-standing face-off between India and China, the demand for a complete boycott of Chinese products including apps like TikTok received plenty of traction. Amid the intense call to look beyond Chinese offerings, an app called Mitron seems to have taken the centre-stage.
With over five million downloads within just a few days of launch, Mitron has turned into a promising alternative to TikTok for Indian users. Featuring striking similarity with the ByteDance owned video-sharing platform, the app seems to be a good bet for those who love to explore short lip-syncing or fun-loving videos. Here is everything you would like to know about Mitron!
Who developed Mitron?
As you may have already guessed, Mitron is a term familiarised by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per reports, the app was launched by a team of five alumni of IIT-Roorkee. The team said that they wanted to offer a better alternative to TikTok for Indian users.
App features like UI, effects, and soundtracks
Designed to take on TikTok, Mitron looks quite similar to the Chinese counterpart. Whether it’s the UI or the scroll gestures, it looks quite the same. There is a striking similarity between the two apps.You may even often forget whether you are using the ByteDance owned app or exploring Mitron.
Beyond UI, Mitron also features some cool effects to beautify short videos. Though the app lacks variety in terms of video effects as of now, we expect it to get a boatload of effects sooner than later. Same goes for soundtracks which hardly have anything to boast about.
Can Mitron surpass TikTok to become India’s favourite choice?
Going by the massive response, Mitron looks all set to give a strong competition to TikTok. As to whether the Indian video-sharing app will be able to surpass the Chinese rival to become the top platform in the country, depends on how well it covers all the bases.
They say, “well begun is half done.” Though it’s always great to have instant fame right off the bat, we must never read too much into the headstart. So, unless India’s bright-looking answer to TikTok holds onto the promise and adds something out-of-the-box, it would be a bit difficult for the app to dethrone the Chinese video-sharing app.
Is Mitron safe to use? More importantly, is it Indian-made app?
When Mitron forayed onto the scene, the biggest selling point of the video-sharing app was that it was made by an Indian. However, that claim was soon busted when a report surfaced online stating that the app was bought from a Pakistani software developer called Qboxus. Moreover, it also added that the all-new TikTok rival is merely a repackaged version of the TicTic app developed by Qboxus.
Irfan Sheikh, the founder and CEO of Qboxus, said that he had sold the source code of the app to the developer of Mitron for $34 (Rs. 2500) and expected the developer to customise the source code before using it, which is generally the case. However, the Mitron creator didn’t customise the script before using it.
Sheikh asserted that since Mitron developers didn’t make any changes to the script, referring to the app as Indian made is wrong. This whole story puts the video-sharing app in the bad light and even stamps a huge question mark upon its security and privacy aspect.
As expected, Mitron creator made the needed changes and Google restored the app. Currently, it is available in both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. As for the ratings, it has received 4.5 stars out of almost 3.5 lakh ratings in the Play Store, while it has garnered 4.6 stars out of 5K ratings in App Store.
Rapid Repair’s take on Mitron
Furthermore, it would also be great if the Mitron creator added some unique features to the app to make it stand out. After all, a blatant rip-off is not the sort of thing that everyone appreciates. What’s your take on this video-sharing app? Shoot your feedback in the comments down below.