The government of India has launched a new messaging app called ‘Sandes’. It is seen as a WhatsApp alternative for government employees. As reported by CNBC-TV18, this Made-in-India messaging app is now available to the general masses.
When you go to the app’s description, you will see that Sandes is an open source-based indigenous instant messaging platform. It is developed by NIC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The app will facilitate instant messaging communication in Government organisations.
Also, it is very easy to create a new account on Sandes. This just requires a phone number, once you verify the number with OTP, you can set your name, gender, and profile picture.
There are four tabs at the bottom for Chats, Contacts, Groups, and Account settings. There is also an option to offer feedback within the app.
From the account settings page, you can also access app settings. You may turn off read receipts, log out, or even delete your account. Sandes will let you link your Aadhaar account if you wish to.
When it comes to privacy, the app description says, “Sandes supports end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) messaging and encrypted backups.