The incident began when India’s popular wallet app Paytm was removed from the Google Play Store. After some time, the e-merchant application has been available in the Play Store again, but Google has imposed a bunch of restrictions on the app.
So far so good. But yesterday, Google put pressure on online food delivery applications Zomato and Swiggy in exactly the same way. The Android system maker has sent a notice to the two online restaurants regarding the new Google Play policy, stating that Zomato and Swiggy are violating the Google Play Guidelines. In this regard, Zomato officials said that such allegations by Google are completely unethical and baseless. Paytm also made the same complaint earlier. The companies claim they have not violated any rules, they are being put under undue pressure.
But this is not the end. Recently, a new billing system has been launched in the Google Play Store. Google has announced that applications will have to pay a 30% fee to be available on its Play Store platform.
Seeing all these incidents, the local app developers or entrepreneurial companies have become restless. According to them, it is not easy to accept that a foreign company will levy 30% tax without any reason. In addition, Google will put undue pressure on various applications in the name of restrictions – it can not continue. As a result, they are feeling the need for a native app store.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, co-founder and CEO of Paytm, is encouraging the thinking of these companies. Together, they are looking for local alternatives to the Google Play Store or are considering building an independent app store to support local apps. But, replacing the Google Play Store is not so easy. Companies like Google or Apple have their own strong enterprise ecosystem. Even Google’s service network is spread all over the world. As a result, there is a need for advanced technology to create the equivalent of Google’s App Store, as well as the possibility of spending huge sums. But once such a native app store is created, the app business will improve a lot – local app developers are quite optimistic about this.
Experts are considering using the app store of a Noida-based company called Indus OS. This app store handles Indian applications, and supports multiple local languages. So, it can be considered as a good alternative to Google Play Store.
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In addition, the Economic Times reported that the Modi government is considering launching its own app store. Which will be an alternative to Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is developing C-DAC.
Incidentally, big smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Samsung or Vivo already have their own App Store on their devices. There are lots of apps available, and updates to the apps are available from time to time. However, these app stores cannot be used on any other device.