Arattai, which is chit-chat for Tamil, is Zoho's reply to the current scenario. Zoho Corporation is an Indian multinational SaaS (Software as a Service) headquartered in Chennai and founded by Shridhar Vembu. In his recent tweet, Shridhar Vembu couldn't contain his excitement as he announced the trial release for his app. Already available on Google Play Store, Arattai has been greeted with 4.6 ratings with over 10,000 installs.
Our Arattai team asked me to not talk about our instant messaging app yet but since it is already being talked about 😂, I guess I can talk too.— Sridhar Vembu (@svembu) January 10, 2021
This is a friends-and-family trial release. We will do a formal launch in a few weeks. We have a lot more in store. Stay tuned!
Since Arattai is still in its post-production stage, it's too early to do a formal comparison.
As of now, Arattai's messages are not end-to-end encrypted. The feature will be introduced during the app's formal launch. Arattai has announced loud and clear that they would not disclose any user information without prior consent. However, they may have to share some user data only for assistance in rendering the service.