Info Edge applications Naukri, 99acres back on Play Store, ‘People were up all night’ says founder Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Info Edge’s applications, including Naukri, 99acres, and Naukrigulf, have been reinstated on Google Play Store, as confirmed by the company founder, Sanjeev Bikhchandani. The move comes a day after Google India took down several Indian apps, including Job Search App, Naukri Recruiter, Naukrigulf Job Search App, 99acres Buy/Sell/Rent Property, and Shiksha, over a dispute on service fee payments.

Bikhchandani praised the Info Edge team’s efforts in crisis management, led by Hitesh, stating, “Many of the Info Edge apps are back on the Play Store. An effort very well led by Hitesh and the entire Info Edge team. People were up all night for this. Great crisis management.”

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Despite the apps being reinstated, founder Anupam Mittal clarified that is back as a ‘consumption application,’ limiting users from performing in-app billing to avail services.

The dispute between Google and several Indian firms, including Info Edge, arose after Google imposed a fee of 11-26% on in-app payments, following an order by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to scrap the earlier system of charging 15-30%. Google’s action against these firms surprised them, as it was taken without sufficient notice. Info Edge emphasized that users with downloaded or web-based applications can continue using the services.

In response to Google’s move, Sanjeev Bikhchandani stated that Info Edge promptly cleared all pending invoices and followed Google’s policies. He also called for the development of India’s own ‘App Store.’ The situation is ongoing, with the company reviewing and evaluating its next course of action in collaboration with Google to reinstate its mobile applications on Google Play Store promptly.

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