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Google delays enforcing 30 per cent Play Store rule in India until 2022

Indian developers have until 2022 to comply with Google's Play Store policies.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | October 5, 2020 | Updated 17:18 IST

Highlights

  • Google has extended the timeline of its 30 per cent Play Store rule to be applied to Indian developers until April 2022.
  • Globally, the fee comes into effect in September next year.
  • The Play Store rule has been deemed unfair by many Indian developers who are thinking of a coalition.

Google has extended the timeline of its 30 per cent Play Store rule to be applied to Indian developers until April 2022. The development comes in the backdrop of developer protests that took place against the contentious Play Store policy.

Sameer Samant, VP of product management at Google told ET, "It's not good for anyone if our partners feel they can't grow and be successful," he said. "So we're deeply committed to the Indian ecosystem. We will be engaging, we will be finding ways (so) that we can grow together."

Moreover, Google India in a blog post stated that Google Play's billing system has been in place for sometime and is followed by 97 per cent of the developers. "Our payments policy is not new -- it is our global business model and policy, and we have always required developers who distribute their apps on Play to use Google Play's billing system if they offer in-app purchases of digital goods. In fact, more than 97 per cent of developers with apps on Google Play already comply with the policy." Google noted.

"To be clear, the policy only applies if a developer charges users to download their app or they sell in-app digital items, which is less than 3 per cent of developers with apps on Google Play," Google added. Globally, the fee comes into effect in September next year.

Google said that it is adding listening sessions, policy workshops and extension in the time given to developers to get accustomed to the Google Play billing system.

Samant asserted that the overall approach of Google was not to be abrupt or burdensome.

Earlier this month, a TechCrunch report stated that more than 150 startups and firms in India were working to ally to launch an app store to cut their reliance on Google. The list of entrepreneurs included Paytm, MakeMyTrip, RazorPay, PolicyBazar and ShareChat.

Paytm launched its mini-app store on Monday which will allow startups and developers to list their apps on Paytm without charging them anything.

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