2 min read.Updated: 01 Jul 2019, 04:02 PM ISTBharat Upadhyay( with inputs from IANS )
Kimbho is a Sanskrit word which means "how are you" or "what's new'
The app disappeared from the Google Play Store and App Store after users raised security concerns
New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev's dream 'swadeshi' messaging app 'Kimbho' that aimed to give Facebook-owned WhatsApp a run for its money but was taken down from app stores last year owing to privacy concerns is still 'on hold', say company executives.
The Kimbho app, launched with much fanfare last year from the house of Patanjali Ayurved, promised features such as chat, multimedia, voice and video calling, video conferencing and collaboration.
"We will provide an update if anything happens, only Balkrishna Ji can give a clear image about the app's status and everything related to the Kimbho app," he added.
To run a messaging app like WhatsApp requires top-of-the-line IT infrastructure.
According to Anoop Mishra, one of the nation's leading social media experts, "you need a team of Open Source experts, Cloud and content delivery network (CDN) experts, data engineers, an in-house team of core developers, API developers, user interface (UI) developers, in-house testing team and user data simulation team", to run an app like WhatsApp.
"You also need an outsourced hacking team which keeps finding the loopholes in the existing system which was completely missing in 'Kimbho' which was a poorly-scripted app," Mishra added.
S.K. Tijarawala, the national spokesperson of Patanjali Ayurved, did not respond to the questions about the status of the app.
To build and run a world-class messaging app requires a huge investment of time, tech expertise and money -- and eventually needs 10 times more investment for handling servers, security issues and data breaches.
Whether Patanjali would make a fresh attempt to launch the messaging app with full preparation is still not clear but the firm still appears hopeful as it has not yet admitted to shelving it completely.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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