Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has launched a new swadeshi messaging application called ‘Kimbho’ to give a competition to Facebook-owned Whatsapp.
Kimbho is a Sanskrit word and according to Patanjali’s spokesperson SK Tijarawala, it means “How are you? or What’s new? The tagline of the app says: ‘Ab Bharat Bolega (Now India will speak)’. Its launch comes after Ramdev recently announced a tie-up with BSNL to provide employees of Patanjali with a special SIM card, featuring low-cost talk plans. Kimbho is a real-time messaging app and it empowers private group chats with free phone and video calling. It has dozens of amazing features to share text audio, photos, videos, stickers, quickies, location, GIF, Doodle and a lot more. And surprisingly within 24-hours of the launch of Kimbho, the chat app has disappeared from Google Play without any notification. If you happen to search the “Kimbho” app on Google Play on your Android smartphone, you will not be able to find it. However, SK Tijarawala, spokesperson of Patanjali said that the app was launched on a trial basis for just one day. The app stored over 150,000 downloads on Google Play Store within three hours of the launch, he added. He further said that this wasn’t an official launch of the app and that the technical work is still in progress.
Kimbho is also receptive to device shake. Users can ‘shake’ their mobile handset to share their location with contacts. They can even do group chats, broadcast lists, and follow celebrities from within the app. You can change your profile pictures and use the already fed pictures in Kimbho, or Gallery, or via camera. It also has a paint section, above three apps, near settings. This has different objects to write which include a pencil, pen, and a paint brush.
Since the app is still in beta stage, features like Voice over Internet Protocol and video calls are yet to be a part of the system.