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Startup founders want govt-monitored app store in India to counter Google, Apple

The startup founders across India have asked the government to support them in creating an app store to counter the existing app stores.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | October 1, 2020 | Updated 15:10 IST

Highlights

  • Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store may get a competition soon.
  • Startup founders have asked the government to help them create an app store.
  • Many startup founders discussed the idea in a call on Tuesday.

The startup founders across India have asked the government to support them in creating an app store to counter the existing app stores in India by Google and Apple.

As per Economic Times, a group of startup founders recently discussed ways to come up with an app store that could host local apps.

Group of founders including Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Yashish Dahiya of Policybazaar, and Matrimony.com's Murugavel Janakiraman have demanded app neutrality. "If India has net neutrality, why can't we have app neutrality. A body monitored by the government can ensure app neutrality, fairness, and openness," Jayaraman was quoted by ET as saying

Another founder in the group, Visha Patel, founder of CCAvenue said, "The government has to certainly step in and take the lead on this. If there is some kind of restriction imposed due to geopolitical tensions, an Indian app store can save the day for everyone." The founders have expressed their displeasure over Google's play store guidelines, which gives it the right to take a 30 percent cut on in-app purchases.

"The company is forcing developers to use its own payment gateway, it is also controlling how ads appear and there are issues on search; they seem to have an unabated power over the entire ecosystem which we are against," Patel told ET.

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