Private Companies Can Now Host Apps on Government’s Mobile Seva For Free

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The Mobile Seva store has seen some 85 crore downloads of apps so far. It has more than 950 apps listed for downloading

The central government is now aiming to make its app store (called mobile seva) as compatible as any other commercial mobile app store. The Economic Times, citing one of the officials, has published a report which notes that private companies can now host their apps free of cost on the Mobile Seva app store. This app store, at the moment, is hosting close to 950 apps.

“The government is facilitating a fair and alternative opportunity to provide a platform to private firms to host their apps without any cost and with the flexibility to choose their payment partners,” one of the officials told The Economic Times (Paywall).

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However, the government can change the terms and conditions, including the fee required, to host apps on Mobile Seva, once it is able to chalk out a business model.

“Will will not force any company to host their app on the government app store but at least they will have an option of another platform”, an official said. Currently, there are two major App Stores – Google Play Store, Apple App Store – that are widely used in India. Among the two, Google has a 98 percent market share in the country.

It is to be noted here that apps that are listed as gambling or betting ones, will not be allowed to be hosted on the Mobile Seva store. The Mobile Seva store has seen some 85 crore downloads of apps so far.

The biggest competitors of Mobile Seva app store include the likes of Google Play store and Apple’s App store. The former commends around 98 per cent market leadership in the world of apps.

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