Google To Hold First Meeting With Indian Startups On October 21

Google, on October 21, will host its first industry meeting, a webinar, with Indian app developers, startup founders and other stakeholders, as it looks to address concerns over its policies for the Play Store.

Since last month, when Google announced its intentions of enforcing a 30% cut on in-app purchases for Play-distributed apps and other policies, Indian startup founders and tech entrepreneurs have been up in arms. Many, including most notably Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, have slammed the 30% charge as an example of Google abusing its dominance. In a conference for mini-app developers, Sharma targeted Google and called the tech giant a “toll collector” as he talked about the Paytm Mini App Store.

After facing criticism from the Indian startup ecosystem over its Play Store policies, Google, earlier this month, deferred the implementation of the policies for Indian app developers by six months to April 2022. The policy will come into effect in other regions from October 2021.

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