The Indian telecom giant Reliance has launched its new Jio Video Conferencing App to replace the Chinese-made Zoom video conferencing app currently being used widely in the country.
The reliance has timely woke up to the reality that the country needs an indigenously developed video conferencing app as more than 50 million people are currently depending on this China-made app which in fact, was not “a not a safe platform,” according to the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of Ministry of Home Affairs.
Though Zoom is not a Chinese company app, it was founded by a Chinese-American businessman Eric yuan. Hence, the Indian government agencies are keeping an eye on the app due to security issues. CyCord has recently in its new 16-page advisory cautioned the government of India against the vulnerability of the Zoom app especially after its usage crossed 50 million mark during the lockdown period. Thanks to the Corona pandemic and subsequent killings of Jawans in Galwan valley by the Chinese army Jio has got a shot in the arm due to anti-China sentiment in the country.
The app has the HD quality and capacity to support a meeting with at least 100 people at a time. This can be logged on with the help of phone or email id. Private passwords can also be created like in the case of Zoom. This has already been made available for Android and IOS consumers and it will compete with the video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
The Jio sources said that the recently concluded business deal with Facebook which is to invest over 9.99 per cent in Jio is in this direction only. The Jio app has multiple features like multi-device login support up to 5 devices, shifting of devices, safe driving mode, screen sharing etc.