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Appstore blues for Google?

Google has mandated all in-app purchases to be routed through Google Billing, startups say this is monopolistic behaviour from Google and the need has come to have our own Indian app store, but some say Google is justified in its demands, what does all this mean?

October 05, 2020 / 06:22 PM IST

After sparking massive outrage among Indian startup founders and developers, Google has pushed its timeline for implementation of the Play Store billing policy to March 31, 2022, from  2021.

Industry sources pointed out that while the postponement might have provided more room for deliberations between startups and Google, it hasn't resolved the problem yet.

“What this has done is given scope for reconciliation between industry players and Google. Eventually, Google might give some leeway to apps to use their own arrangements with payment gateways but that is yet to be seen,” said a top startup executive on the condition of anonymity.

Sources also have indicated that large Indian tech companies have formed a group and have reached out to the government for intervention in this matter.