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Vernacular social media app Helo empowering regional Indian users

IANS  |  New Delhi 

India's leading has successfully redefined how its users connect and communicate in desi languages, a top said here on Wednesday.

Available in 14 languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, aims to empower users to better express themselves by "consuming and sharing viral content, celebrity news and trending topics," Shyamanga Barooah, of Content Operations, Helo, told IANS.

"is a available in 14 languages: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Bengali, Kannada, Punjabi, Assamese, Haryanvi, Rajasthani and Bhojpuri.

"We are thrilled to share that Helo crossed more than 1 million downloads within the very first month of its launch in June this year and has been consistently ranked among the top free apps on the Google Play Store," Barooah added.

Launched by Chinese ByteDance, Helo aim to bridge the information gap for Indians, narrowing the digital divide for the larger population.

"With its trending topics feature, Helo also bridges the gap between the real desis and popular celebrities, political figures as well as other key influencers," Barooah noted.

When asked that in an era of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, how does Helo plan to stand out in the crowd, he said that the focus of the company is not about competition but rather on empowering users.

"We continuously innovate to deliver to them a best product experience. In line with this, we are harnessing a data-driven approach to understand our users' requirements better, through conducting on-ground research and gathering qualitative data etc.," Barooah said.

The app has emerged as a preferred destination for celebrities to connect with local fans in regional languages.

and are very popular on Helo, sharing pictures and videos daily for thousands of their fans.

Helo is available in for both iOS and users.

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First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 14:54 IST