Matrimonial apps removed from google

In a dramatic showdown between tech giant Google and Indian matrimony app developers, the removal of several popular apps from the Play Store has sparked widespread debate and concern within the country’s startup ecosystem.

Matrimonial apps removed from google

The dispute, centered on Google’s imposition of fees ranging from 11% to 26% on in-app payments, comes after India’s antitrust authorities mandated a reduction from the previous 15% to 30%. Despite efforts by some Indian startups to challenge Google’s fee structure, court decisions have upheld Google’s right to enforce these fees or remove non-compliant apps.

Among the casualties of this conflict are renowned matrimony apps like Bharat Matrimony, Christian Matrimony, Muslim Matrimony, and Jodii. Their removal from the Play Store has been met with disappointment and frustration, with company founder Murugavel Janakiraman describing it as a “dark day for Indian Internet.”

The impact of Google’s actions extends beyond the matrimony industry, affecting other sectors as well. Notable companies like Matrimony.com and Info Edge, which operates the Jeevansathi app, have received notices of Play Store violations. While these companies review their options, the repercussions of Google’s actions reverberate throughout the startup community.

Google’s stance on the matter underscores its commitment to its fee structure, emphasizing its role in supporting investments in the app store and the Android operating system. Despite backlash from Indian developers, Google maintains that only a small percentage of developers are subject to these fees, with the majority benefiting from free distribution and developer tools.

As the conflict unfolds, it raises critical questions about the power dynamics between tech giants and startups, as well as the broader implications for India’s digital economy. The outcome of this dispute could have far-reaching consequences, shaping the future of app development and distribution in the country.