INDIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SANDES APP ALTERNATIVE TO WHATSAPP
Is Sandes app free? Yes, there is a free app for using messages. There are no ads in this app. Please tell that when you download it, the name of the app appears as GIMS (Government Instant Messaging System). But, the government is calling it Sandes, which basically means the message in Hindi. The message has the same interface as WhatsApp and you will get most WhatsApp-like features in this app.
The major difference between the two apps (the difference between WhatsApp and Sandes) is that the messaging app has to sign up using an email ID and not just the mobile number. However, it is currently limited to government officials only. At the same time, WhatsApp allows you to create an account using your number.
You will also see verified accounts on the Sandesh app, which are not on WhatsApp. The government’s messaging app allows you to share videos or photos up to 500MB, which is much higher than WhatsApp. WhatsApp allows you to send videos with a limit of 16MB in size and regular files up to 100 MB.
In the Messages app, you can back up the chat on your device and choose an external location to save it. You also have the option to backup chat over email. If you are a WhatsApp user, then you know that this Facebook-owned app only allows you to backup chat from Google Drive on Android or iCloud on iOS.
The Sandesh app does not let you change your mobile number or email ID after creating an account. So, if you have a new mobile number or your email ID is lost, you will have to create a new account and all your chats will be lost. In contrast, WhatsApp also allows you to change the phone number without deleting your existing profile.
Currently, the Sandesh app does not have any fingerprint lock feature and screen lock feature that WhatsApp offers. Other privacy features such as cognitive keyboard mode, screen security (block screenshot feature) seen in the Signal app are also not available. Like the signal app, you will not know at what time the receiver reads your message.
But the Sandesh app lets you check the weather details of your city in the app. You can add priority or confidential labels to messages, which is interesting. There is also a section called “Gimoji”, which displays the symbols used in official chat.
Broadcast message, status, missing message, forward message, delete message, archive chat and many more features are available on the messaging app. You can create a group and add at least 50 members. It also provides an option to sync message contacts and add new contacts that use the same platform. On this instant messaging app, anyone can add you to a group and there is no invitation system.
The privacy label of the messaging app on Apple’s App Store shows that it collects data like contacts info, users content, identifiers, diagnostics etc. This means that the system collects the metadata of each message, including the identity of the sender, the identity of the receiver, the date, time and size of the instant or group message, the audio and video calling date, time and duration.
For now, the Sandesh app is only available for Android and iOS users. It is not on the tablet, but you can use the web version of the app. Currently, it is also not available on the Play Store and you will get the app through the government site. iOS users can download the Messages app from the App Store.
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Step 2: Open the app and create your account using your phone number. Then you will get an OTP, which you will be asked to enter to create an account.
Step 3: Enter your name, gender and upload your profile. This is optional, if you do not want to upload your image, you can choose to skip it.
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Originally published at https://ntechblogger.blogspot.com on February 20, 2021.