Thursday, 7 July, 2022
TopicGoogle Play

Topic: Google Play

India needs laws to regulate app stores but first know how Google, Apple control the system

Google's attempt to bring its model of operation closer to Apple’s App Store and build a similar tightly controlled mobile environment has been thwarted. But for how long?

Why Indian app developers are most vocal in resisting Google’s 30% ‘gatekeeper’s fee’

Google has decided to strictly impose a 30% fee on all digital purchases through Play Store, but backlash from Indian firms has caused it to push back deadline.

Paytm forms Rs 10-crore investment fund for new mini app store to take on Google

Paytm’s mini-app store, launched 5 October, seeks to break Google Play’s dominance in app distribution on the Android ecosystem.

Paytm back on Google Play Store hours after being pulled down for policy violation

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted that a UPI cashback offer led to the suspension of the app and asked 'India to decide' if giving cashback is gambling.

Tinder revolts against Google Play, launches its own payment process

The online dating site launched a new default payment process that skips Google Play & forces users to enter credit card details straight into Tinder’s app.

Google teams with banks to launch digital lending for India

The US search giant is set to offer instant, pre-approved loans to customers right within Google Pay in a matter of seconds.

Kimbho’s no Bolo rip-off, Patanjali says just hired same techie who made US app

App developer Aditi Kamal explains that US app Bolo Messenger was created by her and her husband when they were in the US. It was a startup funded by their savings.

On Camera


Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.