INTRO: At a time when Google is asking developers to adopt its billing system by September 30, 2021, and Apple is battling Fortnite’s developer Epic, a replacement rumor suggests that the Indian government may soon announce its own new app store. This is apparently a part of the efforts to form the country self-reliant or Atmanirbhar.
Interestingly, the ET Now report suggests that this rumored India’s app store won’t levy a 30 percent move host apps. While it obviously sounds good on paper, we’ll need to wait to ascertain how efficient this approach would be or if there are any catch to the present claim.
“Android has 97% market share in India so we should always intervene and handhold Indian startups. Making it mandatory for Android phones to be pre-installed with our apps in into account ,” sources conversant in the matter told ET Now.
According to the report, the Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology (MeitY)’s Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) are going to be liable for developing this potential Google Play Store alternative.
In case you didn’t know already, there already exists a government app store called ‘Mobile Seva’. The report goes on to mention that the govt may proportion this existing Mobile Seva Store for this new initiative.
Building an app store won’t be a mountainous task, but attracting developers to form their apps available within the app store are going to be . Even tech giants like Samsung and Huawei have taken years to form most of the favored apps available on their app stores despite often incentivizing developers with various schemes.
If this new rumor becomes a reality, it’ll be interesting to ascertain if this India-first app store gains enough traction to emerge as a mainstream platform for downloading apps in the country.