Digital payment platform, Paytm, has launched its new Mini App Store following a dispute with Google. The launch of Paytm’s App Store will give direct competition to Google’s Play store for the Android OS. The company claims that more than 300 apps like Decathlon, Ola, Rapido, and Dominos Pizza will join the Paytm App Store. Also Read - iPhone users get two new WhatsApp features with latest update: Have a look
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Both companies dispute increased when Paytm was temporarily banned from the Google Play Store. Last month, Google accused Paytm of violating Play store rules and promoting gambling activities. After Paytm, Google had sent a notice to food aggregator platforms like Swiggy and Zomato on a similar charge. However, now all three apps have returned to the Google Play store. Also Read - Google commits to provide 2.5 lakh COVID-19 vaccines to needy countries, list includes India
Indian app developers felt the need for the indigenous App Store after a dispute with Google. In such a situation, the Mini App Store has been launched by Paytm. According to Paytm, the Indian app developer will benefit from this Mini App Store. Simply put, the Indian app developer in the Paytm App Store will not have to pay 30 percent commission. Also, easy purchase guidelines can be availed. Also Read - Google Assistant can now locate your iPhone, gets more smart features
Google Play store has announced a change in the app purchase guidelines. After these changes, developers will have to pay 30 percent commission to the company to purchase any app. Along with this, Google’s billing service will have to be used to download most apps and buy subscriptions.
App developers currently have more than 2 billion monthly active users on Google Play. It will be mandatory to connect such an app with Google pay billing system. For this, the app developers have been given time till 30 September 2021 by the company. However, the app developers have accused both Google and Apple that they charge more fees on their behalf.