InvestorQ : What is the controversy over the Google Play Store and has that been sorted out?
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What is the controversy over the Google Play Store and has that been sorted out?

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Tisha Malhotra answered.
1 month ago
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The controversy pertains to the play store billing model that Google was planning to introduce for all its start up app owners that were available for download on the Google Play store. It had created a huge furore among the start up players.

In the meanwhile, Google has taken a decision to avoid the controversy for the time being by extending the deadline by 6 months till Mar-22. By then, all developers in India will have to integrate with the Play Store billing system.

Under the new pricing model proposed by Google, all apps will have to mandatorily use Google Play Store’s billing system for any in-app purchases of digital goods. Indian start-ups had voiced their concern over this move as they felt Google was trying to arm twist them.

Indian players like Paytm have been leading this campaign against Google. Recently, Google had sought to remove Paytm from its Android ecosystem as it had indulged in gambling activities, which was apparently against the policy of Google.

While the Paytm services were restored on the same day, the issue of the Google’s ability to manipulate and have an overweening impact on the Indian digital ecosystem is a worry. Google has been facing similar issues in Europe also.

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