Google's removal of Info Edge apps including Job Search App, Naukri Recruiter, Naukrigulf Job Search App, 99acres and Shiksha raises questions on app store policies. (Pixabay)News 

Google Play Store removes several apps including Job Search, Naukri Recruiter, Naukrigulf Job Search, 99acres, and Shiksha

Info Edge (India) Ltd recently revealed that several of its popular mobile apps, such as Job Search App and 99acres, have been taken down from the Google Play Store. This decision comes as Google tightens its regulations on apps in India, specifically focusing on those involved in a controversy regarding service fee payments.

Google’s decision to remove the apps stemmed from its allegation that several Indian companies, including some incumbents, had avoided paying fees despite benefiting from the platform. As a result, Info Edge (India) Ltd found its apps delisted without significant advance notice, which took the company by surprise.

While this move has raised concerns among users, Info Edge assured that those who have already downloaded its apps can continue using them. In addition, the removal from the Google Play Store does not affect users who access applications through other platforms, such as the Apple App Store or online platforms.

The company announced that it plans to work with Google to return its mobile apps to the Play Store without delay. However, the dispute concerns the service fee imposed by Google, which varies between 11% and 26% of the in-app fees. This fee structure came into question after India’s anti-competition body, CCI, ordered a waiver of the earlier fee of 15-30 percent.

Despite Info Edge’s claim of timely payment of bills and adherence to Google policies, the apps were removed after the Supreme Court’s decision not to grant interim relief to companies opposing platform fees.

Responding to this development, Info Edge founder Sanjeev Bikhchandani highlighted the need for an App Store or Play Store integrated with India’s digital public infrastructure like UPI and ONDC. Bikhchandan’s statement highlights the strategic approach needed to navigate the complexities of app store practices in the country.

As Info Edge and Google engage in discussions to resolve the issue, the incident highlights the broader debate about digital infrastructure and regulatory framework in India’s rapidly evolving technology landscape.

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