Why Did Google Delete Popular Apps In India?

Why Did Google Delete Popular Apps In India?

Google’s decision to remove some apps in India from its app store “cannot be permitted”, Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday, amid an ongoing dispute over service fee payments to the U.S. firm.

Google on Friday removed many Indian apps, including Matrimony.com’s (MATI.NS), popular Bharat Matrimony, and job search app Naukri from its Play Store, citing non-compliance with its in-app payment guidelines.

Vaishnaw stated that he has held talks with Google and will meet with startups in need of protection in India. “This cannot be permitted. This kind of de-listing cannot be permitted,” he said in a statement.

The removal has sparked criticism from many startups who have long protested and legally challenged several of Google’s practices, including its in-app fees. Google argues that these fees support the development and promotion of the Android and Play Store ecosystem.

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The dispute revolves around efforts by some Indian startups to resist Google’s imposition of a fee of 11%-26% on in-app payments, following orders from the country’s antitrust authorities to stop enforcing an earlier system of charging 15%-30%.

However, Google effectively gained approval to charge the fee or remove apps after two court decisions in January and February, including one by the Supreme Court.

Google stated on Friday that some Indian companies chose not to pay for the “immense value they receive on Google Play”. Matrimony.com, one of the worst-hit companies, had over 150 of its apps removed from the Play Store. Founder Murugavel Janakiraman expressed concerns, stating, “All our apps have been removed, and we are out of the Play Store and, therefore, out of business. If this continues long-term, we will experience a significant drop in revenue.”

Info Edge, another affected company, had its job search app Naukri and another real estate search app removed. The founder mentioned that many of the company’s apps had been restored on Saturday, without providing further details.

In 2020, Google briefly removed the popular Indian payments app Paytm from its Play Store citing policy violations. This led to the company’s founder and the wider startup industry coming together to challenge Google by launching their own app stores and filing legal cases.

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