New Delhi, August 16: After removing its messaging app ‘Kimbho’ within a day of its launch, Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved today said Patanjali is all set to launch its messaging app ‘Kimbho’. The Indian messaging app will be re-launched with new features this month on August 27. Also Read - 'We've Done Scientific Research And Found...,' Baba Ramdev Claims He Has Remedy For Coronavirus
The Haridwar-based FMCG firm has introduced a trial version of the app on Google Play Store for downloads. The app will be available on the Apple App store shortly. Also Read - 'Boycott Patanjali' Trends on Twitter After Baba Ramdev Calls Supporters of Ambedkar 'Intellectual Terrorists'
Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna tweeted, “Kimbho app is now ready with new and advanced features.” The official launch of the app will take place on August 27, 2018 after the shortcomings of the app are fixed, said Balkrishna. Also Read - Ramdev Aide Acharya Bal Krishna Suffers Heart Attack, Admitted to Rishikesh AIIMS
The Sanskrit equivalent of Kimbho is ‘Hello, how are you’ or ‘What’s up’. The app was removed from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on May 31, 2018, which was a day after the launch. The app which was launched for a one day trial had many shortcomings on security aspects as pointed out by technical experts.
‘Kimbho’ is set to be launched in competition to WhatsApp, a popular chat platform owned by Facebook.
Patanjali spokesperson S K Tijarawala reportedly told PTI, “We have put the trial version of Kimbho on the google play store so that we come to know about the shortcoming. We are open for any amendments for any errors and we have invited feedback from the people also.” After the completion of the technical development phase, the company will officially launch the app. Tijarawala also feels that Kimbho would be a “safe, secure and swadeshi” messaging platform.
“Now we are expecting millions download during the next 12 days of trial period and we have built a load capacity for that,” said Tijarawala, adding “on August 27, Union Minister for Road Nitin Gadkari along with Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna would launch the swadeshi app”.
(With PTI inputs)