Google To Remove Apps From Play Store On Non-Compliance Of Service Charge Norms | Laptop News

Tech major Google will remove mobile applications from its Google Play store if they are non-compliant with its service charge norms, it said on Friday.

In a blog post, Google said that 10 companies have remained non-compliant with the service charge norms, seeking legal protections. These developers have, however, complied with payment policies of other app stores. The Alphabet Inc.-operated search engine currently has over 2 lakh app developers who comply with its payment policies, it said.

On Feb. 9, the Supreme Court also “refused to interfere with our right to do so. While some of the developers that were refused interim protection have started fairly participating in our business model and ecosystem, others choose to find ways to not do so,” Google said.

Such non-compliance creates an uneven playing field across the ecosystem and puts all other apps and games at a competitive disadvantage, according to Google.

“Enforcement of our policy, when necessary, can include removal of non-compliant apps from Google Play,” it said.

In its blog post, Google said that it is offering three payment options for apps seeking to comply with the payment policies.

  • Operate on a consumption-only basis without paying a service fee, even if it is part of a paid service. 

  • Integrate Google Play’s billing system, enabling them to easily transact with millions of customers around the world and give their users safe ways to pay and the ability to manage their payments from a central location.

  • Offer an alternative billing system alongside Google Play’s for users in India. When users opt for alternative billing systems, the fee is further reduced by an additional 4%.

According to Info Edge founder Sanjeev Bikchandani, it has been compliant with the payment policies since the Supreme Court…

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