Here’s what’s up with Kimbho, the Indian messaging app that wants to take on WhatsApp
Kimbho appwas launched under the Patanjalibanner about a week ago.
- It was soon pulled from the Play Store after its security flaws were exposed.
Balkrishna, co-founder of Patanjali, says that the app will be available again once it has been fixed.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Balkrishna stated that the app won’t be available again until it’s been properly vetted by a team of hacking experts and security specialists. He reiterated that Kimbho would likely make a return once all the security and privacy issues have been addressed.
But why messaging?
The question really is, why not?
Between the two of them, that is Balkrishna and Baba Ramdev, they’ve already built a business empire that has an annual revenue stream of ₹111.41 billion ($1.65 billion). Propagating ‘swadeshi’ goods, Patanjali Ayurved claims to sell only home-grown and all-natural products.
So, when there’s an app like
Not to mention that currently, India is the world’s fastest growing economy with a consumer base of 1.3 billion.
Kimbho a.k.a. What’s up?
Building on the hype of Patanjali’s Samriddhi Swadeshi SIM cards, the Kimbho app managed to attract 10,000 installs within 24 hours of being announced. And, that’s pretty much when things got weird.
First, a French security researcher who’s known for pointing out the security flaws with India’s government portals like the Aadhar App, pointed out how Kimbho basically has no security whatsoever.
This was followed by a barrage of tweets claiming how inconsistent the app was and how the interface, and even the content, was directly copied from another app called Bolo.
Hi @KimbhoApp before trying to compete #WhatsApp, you can try to secure your app. It's possible to choose a security code between 0001 and 9999 and send it to the number of your choice #kimbhoApp pic.twitter.com/YQqK8lfIeI— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) May 30, 2018
And then came the disappearing act. The official statement is that the ‘servers are being upgraded’.
It is build on an app called "BOLO". Kimbho team is so dumb that they didnt even changed the OTP SMS format!! Even the description n pics used are same as Bolo app! 😂 https://t.co/QKGjYC1y2J pic.twitter.com/40yRxZKbLX— Abhishek Singh (@ThakurrSaab) May 31, 2018
It’s hardly been a week since these events unfolded and there’s already a horde of
किम्भो !— Kimbho Chat App (@KimbhoApp) May 31, 2018
अब भारत बोलेगा...#WhatsApp का स्वदेशी विकल्प..
सूचना और प्रौद्योगिकी के क्षेत्र में पतंजलि का एक अभिनव एवं क्रांतिकारी संकल्प..#Kimbho को करें स्वीकार..
WhatsApp का पूर्ण बहिष्कार..
at https://t.co/qMFyNXZQpe pic.twitter.com/fxLA39vd8B
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