5 things about Mitron, India’s alternative to TikTok
The app is quite popular on the Google Play Store and has more than 5 million downloads. But there's a story behind all this
Mitron, India’s ‘alternative’ to TikTok, has been in the news for the last couple of days. For starters, the app got quite popular on the Play Store garnering a 4.7 rating and more than 5 million downloads.
Then we got to know that Mitron is not as Indian as we thought. The app is based on a source code that was bought from a Pakistani software developer Qboxus.
Just to make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up 5 important things you need to know about Mitron, so you can keep up.
1. Mitron has been created, according to reports, by a bunch of ex-students from IIT-Rourkee. The core developer is a person called Shivank Aggarwal, who is a 2011 IIT-Roorkee alumni.
2. Irfan Sheikh, the founder and CEO of Pakistani software firm Qboxus told News18 that Mitron’s promoter had purchased the source code from them for $34 ( ₹2,600 approx). Qboxus are the guys behind apps like TikTik (listed at TicTic on APKPure and CodeCanyon) that’s another TikTok clone. Sheikh said that the developers behind the Mitron app have not made any change to the source code at all.
3. The Mitron interface and Qboxus’ TicTic interface is apparently identical. Sheikh has spoken up to protest against Mitron being called an ‘Indian-made’ app though he says that there is nothing wrong or illegal about what Mitron owners have done, they did buy the source code so they are free to repackage it.
4. The official website listed on the Mitron app page on the Google Play Store will take you to a blank page on shopkiller.in that is the promoter behind Mitron.