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Google will enforce 30% commission in India only in March 2022

Google has deferred the enforcement of its 30% cut on in-app purchases only for India to March 2022. The company said this will ensure that developers have enough time to integrate with Play billing system and implement UPI payment for subscriptions. The deadline for the rest of the world remains September 2021. The change comes just two days after MEITY held a call with 30-40 Indian startup founders to discuss issues around Google's apparent dominance in India. Google's 30% cut on in-app purchases has riled up the Indian start-up ecosystem, which has accused it of abusing its dominance, playing unfair, and controlling the development of apps in India. The Mountain View company is trying to assuage some of this anger: it will also set up "listening sessions" with Indian startups "to understand their concerns more deeply" and run policy workshops to clear any additional questions. The company has insisted that its billing system"is a one-stop shop" to manage subscriptions, since it allows for "clear disclosures" about price, subscription information, recurring payments, reminders about free trials, cancellations and refunds. In short, our billing system provides a simple, safe way for consumers to transact -- and we have seen that this simplicity and safety is critical to growing developers’ businesses inside Google Play. Besides, Google's Android OS has always allowed multiple app stores, the company said. Users can even change default apps for messaging, phone dialer, and the app store. Most Android devices ship with at least two app stores preinstalled, and…

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