Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has launched a new social media app called Elyments. The new app is completely made in India by Sumeru Software Solutions. The highlights of the new app include support for regional apps, content feed, instant messaging interface, and audio/video call options.
The app has been launched following the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)’s “Digital India Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge”. As part of the challenge, the government plans to identify the best Indian apps in eight categories – office productivity and work from home, social networking, e-learning, entertainment, health & wellness, business including agritech and fintech, news, and games. The government wants to identify the best Indian apps as part of this initiative and take them to world-class standards.
Elyments is an Indian social media app that wants to take on Facebook
Elyments is already available for download from both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. At the time of writing this, the app has a rating of 4.2 stars on the App Store and 4.4 stars on the Play Store. It has been downloaded over 5 lakh times on the Play Store already. The app has been developed and published by Sumeru Software Solutions, which is also the promoter of the Art of Living smartphone apps. In the virtual launch event, Naidu revealed that Elyments has been developed by more than 1,000 IT professionals, who are also the volunteers for Art of Living.
Top features of Elyments
- Support for 10 regional languages
- Instant messaging interface
- Content hub with curated channels
- Social feed like Facebook
- Voice calls
Elyments supports ten regional languages and offers an in-app camera, individual and group chats, events and news feed, and voice calling. The developers also claim that the app uses end-to-end encryption and Indian servers for enhanced data security. The Elyments team revealed that more features will be added in future like secure payments, video calls, public profiles and a curated commerce platform.
The Elyments app has been in beta testing for several months prior to launch. The reviews on Play Store are mostly positive with some glitches reported here and there. We found some issues logging into the app ourselves, but the overall interface is pretty clean.