"Developing the app has been a two year journey. The platform ensures security of users through the various features and at the same time, availability of the desktop version ensures that those without smartphones can use the platform," n-gage founder and CEO Ajit Patel told media.

He, however, declined to comment on the number of users the company aims to garner.

According to reports, WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps in India. India accounts for a huge chunk of its about one billion global userbase.

The reports suggest that mobile chatting apps like Hike, LINE and Viber have grown manifold in the last few years, inline with the burgeoning mobile Internet userbase and falling data charges.

Similar to rival messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber, n-gage's platform allows users to send and receive messages, pictures and videos. In addition, it allows users to send encrypted messages to others (password protected or timed), delete messages after they are sent as well as disable others from taking screenshots of conversations.

"The messages can be shared on other platforms as well. However, the receiver can respond only if they have n-gage," he said.