CCI orders probe against Google for alleged unfair business ways with respect to Google Pay
The CCI probe will look into two of several allegations made in a complaint filed in February by an unnamed informant related to exclusive use of Google Pay (GPay) for buying apps and in-app purchases (IAPs) via the Play Store and pre-installation and prominence of Google Pay on Android smartphones.
Paytm app is back on Google Play Store, hours after it was removed by Google
Paytm app is back on Google Play Store, hours after it was remov...
Without us even realising it, Google has occupied every nook and cranny of our existence
It isn’t just that I am spending more time in a Google search, either. The Silicon Valley company has leveraged the act of looking for something online into such a vast technology empire that it has crept into my home, my work, my devices and much more. It has become the tech brand that dominates my life — and probably yours, too, writes the New York Times' Brian Chen.
Foreign ecommerce, digital players rush to banks to pay equalisation levy
Big players such as Google, Amazon, Netflix and Adobe have already paid the 2% equalisation levy – or the ‘Google tax’ – on their earnings originating from India introduced in the budget this year, but many medium scale or small foreign ecommerce entities operating in the country are yet to pay it, they said.
Government plans launch of own 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 offici...
Government open to launching Indian app store as an alternative to Google, Apple
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.
Google extends timeline for Indian developers till March 2022 to integrate with Play billing
The development comes days after many Indian developers and startups had raised concerns around Google's Play billing system, saying the tech giant cannot force Indian app developers/owners to sell digital services by compulsorily using its billing system.
Google defers 30% in-app commission in India to April 2022 after protests
Google deferred the enforcement of 30% commission on in-app purchases of digital goods from its Play Store in India to April 2022 in the face of mounting protests.
Zomato, Swiggy get notices from Google for violating Play Store norms
"Yes, we have received a notice from Google. We believe that the notice is unfair, but we are a small company and have already realigned our business strategy to comply with Google's guidelines," a Zomato spokesperson said in an e-mailed response.
Google Meet will give unlimited calls in free plan till March 2021
Google in April announced that anyone with a Google account was allowed to create free meetings with up to 100 people with no time limit till September 30 in the pandemic times. Google is now extending that policy and free Meet users can host longer calls through March 2021.
Google makes Play Billings mandatory for in-app purchases from September 2021
This would mean that developers will have to start using Google's billing system that charges a 30 per cent cut of the payment made within the app, starting September 2021. Any app that chooses to offer in-app purchase of digital goods like unlocking additional features or buying tokens to power up a game character or paying for songs, will be required to use Google Play's billing system.
Google can't force app developers selling e-services to use Play billing system: Startups
Google said apps that choose to sell digital content through its Play Store have to use Google Play billing system and pay a percentage of the in-app purchase as a fee. This would mean that any app that offers in-app purchase of digital goods like unlocking additional features or buying tokens to power up a game character or paying for songs, will be required to use Google Play's billing system.
Google files for Competition Commission of India approval for stake buy in Jio Platform
"The notification is being filed in relation to GIL's proposed acquisition of a minority non -controlling shareholding of around 7.73 of equity share capital in JPL (Proposed Investment)," the US major said in its filing.
Google faces new antitrust case in India over abuse in smart TVs market: Sources
The case is Google's fourth major antitrust challenge in India, one of its key markets where it is currently facing public criticism from local startups for enforcing certain policies and company charges they contend hurt their growth.