Ashfaq Mehmood Choudhary, a 17-year-old boy from Chattyear of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, has developed a file-sharing app ‘Dodo Drop’ which would enable users to share audios, videos, images, and texts between two devices without Internet access.
Ashfaq Mehmood said that the ‘Dodo Drop’ application is an alternative to the Chinese ‘SHAREit’ app. “The Indian government has banned several Chinese apps due to data breaching, and among those apps was SHAREit which was used for sharing files. Users faced a lot of problems due to the ban, and so I decided to make this file-sharing app. With ‘Dodo Drop’, users can share audios, videos, images, and even texts,” he said.
In the light of the recent Chinese app ban which saw 59 apps getting banned, there has been a subsequent urgency to create Indian based apps for the users in India. There has been a surge of short video sharing platforms after Tiktok got banned during the initial ban-wave. Indian app alternatives grew in popularity post the ban.
In the two bans which followed one after the other, there were a number of file sharing apps like SHAREit which were banned as well.
Ashfaq said that it took him four weeks to develop the application, and it was launched on August 1 this year. The ‘Dodo Drop’ application has a transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps, which is faster than the SHAREit app and is “quite easy” to use.
“Users can transfer data comprising photos, videos, audios, apps, texts, etc. between two devices with no Internet access. The transfers are fully encrypted and secure,” he added.
“Our Prime Minister has always asserted the need for decreasing the dependency on foreign products and apps and to focus on the development of India-based apps. I tried to be part of the initiative of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ by developing an India-based file-sharing app. I want to develop global-standard apps for India,” he added.
“We support and cooperate with him. He generates his own income by working on some projects and utilises it. We will continue to support him,” said Parvez Ahmed Choudhary, Ashfaq’s father.
In July, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) banned 47 apps, which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June. These banned clones included SHAREit Lite, Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite, and VFY Lite.
The 59 apps had been banned by the Centre in June in view of the information available that they were engaged in activities which were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence” of the country.
Almost all the apps banned had some preferential Chinese interest and the majority had parent Chinese companies.
The ban came amid border tensions with China in the Eastern Ladakh region.