Soon after the media reported about the popularity of Mitron app, a team of developers from Pakistan named QBoxus contacted Indian reporters through Twitter. The QBoxus team claimed that they are the ones who actually created an app called TicTic and then put up the source code on CodeCanyon for sale at $34 or around Rs 2,571.
In an interaction with
The Times of India–GadgetsNow, Irfan Sheikh– one of the team members of QBoxus– claimed that one of the buyers of TicTic simply ‘rebranded’ it into Mitron.
“It’s a direct copy of TicTic app. You can ask your technical team to download both (TicTic and Mitron) apps and test it,” said Sheikh, who is based in Lahore.
“Our main business model is to create clones of famous apps and sell them at a cheaper price. Basically we help small scale startups who don’t have a big budget for developing an app. Till now we have sold 277 copies of TicTic. Well, there is no problem with what the developer (of Mitron) has done. He paid for it and got the script which is okay. But the problem is with people and the media referring to it as Indian made app which is not the truth. All we want is that news channels should give credits to the original author,” he said.
Sheikh said that out of his 277 customers of TicTic’s code, anyone could launch another clone of Mitron without much effort.
“People who buy from us don’t have much budget to place security precautions, which require customisations and are expensive. Well, I cannot say for sure but I don’t think Mitron has put any kind of security precautions,” added Sheikh.
The Times of India–GadgetsNow got in touch with the people who had reached out to the media with the success story of Mitron. The developers of the Mitron app and it’s PR team haven’t responded to multiple requests for an official comment.