New Delhi, May 31: Yoga guru Ramdev’s so-called “swadeshi” messaging app “Kimbho” that aimed to take on the giant WhatsApp abruptly disappeared on Thursday from Google Play Store amid security and “heavy traffic” concerns. Several Android users took to Twitter and Facebook, displaying their frustration in downloading the app from Play Store. Some fake iterations of “Kimbho” app and even a “Kimbho” messenger too appeared on Play Store, leading to more confusion. “We are facing extremely high traffic on Kimbho. We are in process of upgrading our servers and will be back shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned,” tweeted the “Kimbho” app team.
Kimbho is a Sanskrit word and according to Patanjali’s spokesperson SK Tijarawala, it means “How are you? or What’s new?” “Now WhatsApp will be given a competition. Our own #SwadeshiMessagingplatform. Download it directly from Google Play store,” tweeted Tijarawala on Wednesday. But the day one experience raised several concerns, including security. Famous French security researcher who goes by the name of Elliot Alderson called “Kimbho” a security disaster on Twitter.
The Patanjali app guide available on Play Store also failed to get users to download the app. While clicking on how to download Kimbho app inside the guide, the message popped up: “We are sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server. According to Faisal Kawoosa, Head New Initiatives, CyberMedia Research (CMR), it will not be easy for “Kimbho” to create a space dominated by WhatsApp by just on being “Swadeshi.” (IANS)