Two young android developers Naveed Malik and Hanan Muzaffer are aiming high to counter the speculations of ban on social media sites by the government.
In an advent of such ban, users in Kashmir valley will look for alternatives.
The duo has developed a WhatsApp-like chat messenger ‘KashmirChat’ to cater the influx of users to lesser-known applications on the internet.
KashmirChat messenger, a cross-platform instant messaging application, allows android phone users to exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free.
The application was published on Google Play Store by two 16-year-old students, Naveed Malik of Lal Bazar and Hanan Muzaffer of Ellahi Bagh, Srinagar.The duo studies at Government Higher Secondary School, Soura.“We developed this application because of the speculations that social networking sites will be blocked,” Naveed Malik said. “This app has been created to provide an alternative to the people.”
He said their families had been supportive of their passion but at the same time they were skeptical of their future as Kashmir does not boast of any big software companies.
KashmirChat application is powered by legal drug finder on Google Play Store and has a 5 star rating with more than 500 active users on android devices.A key reason for users to switch to this indigenous developed application is that the messages are secured with end-to-end privacy encryption safeguarding the privacy of its users.
The developers claim users can send unlimited messages, emojis, images, videos, audio, and files without being hacked or any sort of privacy violations.“We had great response from people and about more than 2000 users are active on our app,” Hanan Muzaffer said. “. KashmirChat App has gone viral at our school and is widely shared among students.”
The app uses self-destructive message feature, countering the potential surveillance threat by hackers and adding privacy to chats on the application.
Another young developer, Usman Tareen, 16, the founder of Legal Drug Finder, and a student of Burn Hall School has helped the duo with the designing of the application.“When they discussed the idea with me, I advised them how they could work on making the application better and promised them all possible help,” Tareen said.
A user Anzar Shah wrote on KashmirChat Facebook page “Kashmiri youth do not lack in any field and there is abundance of talent but unfortunately no steps are taken to chisel it into something big.”Rising Kashmir
Peer Viqar Ul Aslam