[App Review] Where Is My Train: Indian Railway Train Status

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“Where Is My Train” is a unique, A1 train application developed particularly to display vivid details like tracking train status and up-to-date schedules.

Why ‘Where Is My Train’ became a highly rated application?

Generally, applications will run only when your data connection or wifi is enabled but this application functions offline without GPS or Internet to check the apk. The app got some useful enhanced features viz., destination alarms and a speedometer. The application can be used for tracking fares and IRCTC seat availability, PNR status.

The application scored extreme popularity among Indian travelers and been praised for its unexceptional features and efforts for the development of the app. Within the few months of the release, the app gained humongous popularity with the users for its extensive features.

Specialties

  • One of the top features of the app is ‘Spotting Train Accurately’. You can get live train status of Indian Railways anywhere, anytime by sharing your status to your family and friends.
  • The train app provides Indian Railways timetable offline. The traveler can search for the train source and destination even with spelling errors.
  • You can get the information on coach position and seat before you board the train and even shows platform numbers for boarding and intermediate stations wherever available.
  • The application size is comparable small despite having a lot of information offline. Battery usage is very efficient and uses key features to track the train locations.

Genesis – Let’s probe more about!

Where Is My Train was developed by Bengaluru-based Sigmoid Labs by five ex-executives of TiVo Corporation, a technology entertainment company in the US in the year 2016. The startup started with less than 10 people to develop the application.

The smart idea has smoothened the disorganized IRCTC services and traveling providing ease of traveling to travelers. What’s more required when an app functions without data connectivity, named the highest-rated train app on Indian Android.

The app uses Marshmallow version is 6.0.5 with apk size of 10M which falls under Free Travel & Local App category, supports android 16 and above.

Significance and Accolades

The app notched up 10 Million plus downloads on android attracting attention from Google and Xiaomi– vying to acquire a stake in it. The startup becomes the number 1 app in the Travel and Local section of Google Play Store in India. The startup app was nominated in Google Play Store’s Best Apps of 2018 for India, based on a public voting list.

The two-year-old app is available in seven regional languages( Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam) besides English.

One small step and big revolution!

Where Is My Train virtually brought IRCTC’s complete timetable offline with seamless information and data-less offering which requires data only when the traveler is outside the train or in some other location.

The app covers the Eastern Railway (ER), Western Railway (WR), Konkan Railway, Central Railway(CR), Southern Railway (SR), and other railway zones in India. The developers of the startup claim that the app is privately functions and does not have any association with Indian Railways. If the app takes one step ahead in ticket booking and cancellation, it is likely to be the biggest competitor for IRCTC.

On Dec 10, 2018, Google acquired Where Is My Train app with the undisclosed amount, but in August it was reported that Google may acquire with $30-$40 millions as a part of its ‘Next Billion Users’ initiative.

Indian Railways is 165 years old and is the fourth most extensive rail network in the world a mode of transportation for 1.3 billion Indians. The idea what the app brought is a vast change to maintain the smooth running of the IRCTC travelers without any hamper in traveling.