Play store added a section having all information one needs about the different subscriptions that Google offers at one place. XDA Developers, in a report, claimed that the navigation bar of the Play Store features the subscription page link. Once the user clicks on the Subscription landing page, they will get all the details and updates about its offerings including YouTube TV, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Stadia Pro, Google One, and Google Fi.
A group of local entrepreneurs including Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma have formed a coalition, opposing Google’s Play Store billing policies. Amidst these sentiments, Indus App Bazaar – an app store made by Mumbai-based Indus OS – reported increased traction in both users and developer base in the past week. “We have seen an increase of 40-50% in the number of developer signups in the last 2 weeks”, said Indus OS co-founder Rakesh Deshmukh.
Google is being pushed to soften its stance in India as startup founders seek alternatives to list their apps, either through APK downloads or other app stores. While Google has deferred the deadline to integrate its billing system into the apps, it has not spoken anything regarding the 30% commission it said it’ll be charging. The tech giant is meeting various startup founders to “understand their concerns more deeply” while also answering developers’ queries.
Google is hiring to create a new cybersecurity team to find bugs and vulnerabilities in “highly sensitive” Android apps on Google Play. Sensitive apps include contact tracing, elections etc. The team is said to complete the work that is currently being done by independent security researchers through Google Play Security Reward Program (GPSRP). It will also work with other Android security teams to find new and creative ways to reduce vulnerability occurrence.
Google is deferring the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India (only) to April 22, earlier going live on Sept 21. This news comes at a time when Indian startups including Paytm, Razorpay, Dream11, ShareChat raised concerns over the 30% Play Store commission on payments. More than 50 Indian executives held a meeting with MeitY on Saturday. Google said it is setting up listening sessions with Indian startups to understand their concerns deeply.
Zomato and Swiggy have received notices from Google for their in-app gamification features that allegedly violates the tech giant’s Play Store guidelines. Zomato termed the notice as “unfair” and said it has already re-aligned business strategy to comply with Google’s guidelines. The company will be replacing Zomato Premier League with another program by the weekend. Swiggy has paused the in-app feature and is in conversation with Google on this issue.
After PM Narendra Modi mentioned innovative apps on Mann ki Baat last Sunday, several indigenous apps have raced to the top 10 on the app store. Josh, ShareChat, Moj, Chingari are some indigenous apps topping the social media category; Ap Sarkar Seva, Drishti etc in the educational category; Aarogya Setu, StepSetGo, Home Workout etc led in health and fitness. This move will not only boost the ‘self-reliant India’ but also replace unsafe foreign apps.
Google has pulled Remove China Apps from Play store. The trending app in India was downloaded more than 5 mn times during the last few days. It helped users to detect and delete apps developed by Chinese firms. The app was pulled for alleged violating Play Store’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy, under which an app cannot encourage or incentivise users into removing or disabling third-party apps. The app was developed by OneTouch AppLabs of India.