Government open to launching Indian app store as an alternative to Google, Apple

The central government will consider requests from technology entrepreneurs to launch an Indian digital application store, two senior officials told ET, responding to the growing outcry against the dominance of US technology giants Google and Apple in the country’s digital services market.

India already has an app store for governance-centric apps, which can be scaled up to begin with, said one of the officials cited above. In addition, there is a need to also introduce policies requiring handset manufacturers to preload alternative app stores alongside popular offerings like Google Play, the sources said.

Union minister for electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a post on Twitter that he is happy to receive notable suggestions from Indian app developers on how to encourage the ecosystem. “Encouraging Indian app developers is vital to create an #AatmanirbharBharat app ecosystem,” he tweeted on Thursday.

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