Excerpt from IndianExpress Article, Published on Mar, 01, 2024

Google recently issued a stern warning to ten app developers in India regarding their non-compliance with Play Store policies, indicating that their apps might face removal from the platform. Despite refraining from disclosing the names of the offending companies, the tech giant emphasized its commitment to upholding consistent policy enforcement across its ecosystem.

In a blog post, Google highlighted its efforts in assisting developers to navigate and adhere to its policies, extending a grace period of over three years for compliance. Following a Supreme Court decision on February 9, which declined interim protection for startups against Google’s billing policies, the company underscored the necessity of enforcing its regulations uniformly. The blog elucidated three billing options for developers to align with the Play Store’s payment policy: adopting Google Play’s billing system, implementing an alternative billing system, or operating on a consumption-only basis without incurring service fees. Developers were urged to resubmit their apps accordingly.

Google reassured developers that alternative avenues, such as distribution through other Android app stores or direct website distribution, remain viable options. The company pledged uninterrupted access for existing users while offering support to facilitate compliance efforts. In emphasizing its commitment to India’s digital landscape, Google affirmed its dedication to advancing technology standards within the ecosystem. Despite the stringent measures, Google emphasized its ongoing investment in India’s digital future.

The looming removal of apps underscores the necessity for developers to adhere to Play Store policies, reflecting broader efforts towards maintaining integrity and user trust within the digital marketplace. As Google continues to evolve its policies, developers face the imperative of aligning with regulatory frameworks to ensure sustained presence and relevance in the app ecosystem.

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