Today it became known that the Indian authorities are planning to launch a state-owned mobile application store, designed to compete with Google Play and the Apple App Store. It is reported that this may not be an entirely new product. It is possible that the government will expand the already existing Mobile Seva service.
The Indian government states: Android holds 97% of the Indian market. Therefore, we must step in and support Indian startups. “* In addition, the authorities are considering making a state-owned app store mandatory for all smartphones sold in India. Notably, this idea began to be discussed after numerous IT entrepreneurs approached the government with a petition in support of the Indian mobile app ecosystem that rivals the giants such as Apple and Google, initiated by the founders of the largest online platforms in the country, who also intend to ask the country’s banking regulator and Treasury to compensate Google for its recent move to increase commissions on purchases made on its app store.
The country’s IT entrepreneurs are counting on government support, which seems to be getting them. It is not yet known how Apple and Google will react to this news.