Telangana boy develops WhatsApp-like app

Kannam Abhi, a 14-year-old Class IX student from Huzurabad has come up with ‘Trace Chat’ app, a messenger that is on par with WhatsApp and Instagram

By   |  Published: 18th May 2021  12:01 amUpdated: 18th May 2021  12:29 am

Karimnagar: It has once again been proved that rural students are no less than those studying in cities when it comes to innovation.

Kannam Abhi, a 14-year-old Class IX student from Huzurabad is one such talented student who has come up with ‘Trace Chat’ app, a messenger that is on par with WhatsApp and Instagram. It has also been approved by Play Store recently.

Android and other smartphone users can chat, make video and audio calls and send documents using the app. Besides chat customisation, high-quality video and audio calls are the unique features of the app.

Trace Chat, which has already logged over 100 downloads, seems to be gaining popularity with a 4.8 rating. One user described it as the best for private chatting. “Please download this app as it has nice features. Had it had the online toast, it would have been another level,” the user wrote.

Abhi also designed Trace Wallpaper HD app, which was also approved by Play Store on Monday. More than 500 wallpapers in 16 different categories are available, and app users can download and share wallpapers with others, Abhi told ‘Telangana Today’.

A resident of Vidhyanagar in Huzurabad town, Abhi is a student of Kerala English Medium School, Huzurabad. He has been promoted to Class X. While his father Srinivas is a government teacher, mother Puja is a homemaker and his sister Sana is preparing for NEET.

During the summer holidays, he spent his time designing the app with the help of YouTube and other sources. It had taken him 45 days to design the app beginning April, Abhi said.

When asked about the motivation behind designing the app, Abhi said he is interested in utilising new technology and used to search for mobiles, cars, tech channels on YouTube right from Class VII. A few years ago, he also designed a robot and exhibited it at a school-level science fair.

Asked if he thinks the app will succeed given that WhatsApp and Instagram are already hugely popular, he said he is hopeful of succeeding by winning the confidence of people.

Abhi, who had designed three websites prior to Trace Chat to get grip on the subject, wants to establish his own software company after higher studies.

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