Was the Mitron app made in Pakistan? Is it just a clone of TikTok, and why was it briefly removed from Google Play? For better or for worse, the app which became famous as a ‘Made in India’ alternative to TikTok, at a time when a huge YouTube versus TikTok fight was brewing and anti-China sentiment in India ran so high that an app called Remove China Apps ended up being one of the most popular free apps in India, has gained a lot of notoriety. This only increased once reports broke that the source code of the app wasn’t developed by the Mitron team but instead, purchased, for just about Rs 2,500, from a software developer based in Pakistan.
Mitron app has been downloaded by millions of users in a few weeks, but there were concerns around data security. The founders said all user data is all safe and secure and stored in servers within India. “We have made a hell lot of customizations and we assure that personal information is safe on our servers,” they said. Mitron is currently available only on Google Play store but the will soon be up for download on Apple App store, the company has confirmed.
Although Agarwal and Khandelwal have been speaking up now to try and make it clear that their app does not have any connection to Pakistan, their responses have been unclear at best. Speaking to Gadgets 360, as well as other news organisations, Khandelwal said that they purchased the licensed code and a template of the Mitron app
In the coming days, team Mitron is planning to bring several changes in the user interface — which currently looks very similar to TikTok — with the aim to offer a smoother experience to users.