With the voting for the assembly elections in five Indian states starting, many users would be looking for apps and websites which would provide all election related news and videos right on their fingertips. Facebook recently announced a feature called Polling day reminder to keep users in the five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur posted about election dates and polling booths.
Now Indian company Digivive, known for its online streaming platform NexGTv, has released a mobile app called India Elections. Free to download from the Google Play Store, the app is available on Android devices.
What the app offers
India Elections is primarily a video streaming app with a slightly different layout from the NexGTv apps. Surprisingly, we couldn’t find a single section dedicated to the Assembly elections. The home page is divided into multiple sections such as Non Stop, Entertainment, Live TV and Videos. None of the sections provide an election-only news piece. The Non Stop section shows short video clips from major English, Hindi and regional language news channels, but they are mostly news wraps with multiple news items and often have nothing to do with the ongoing elections. The entertainment section shows news on Bollywood, fashion and TV serials. The Live TV section shows all the news channels that are likely to carry election related piece in between the regular coverage. Almost all Indian news channels in the list are accessible free of cost.
Is it worth downloading ?
The app has a data saver mode which allows one to save up on mobile data by streaming videos at lower resolution. Another cool feature in it is a button called Quicky, which allows user to filter video clips based on their duration. So if you are in hurry and don’t have more than 5 minutes to spare, you can ask Quicky to show video clips of 5 minutes or shorter.
If you are looking for an app which focuses only on the election related coverage such as voter turnouts, election malpractice or speeches by political figures, this app has little to offer.