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Why 30 Indian startups have written to Google to save their apps from delisting – Times of India

As many as 30 Indian startups have reportedly written to Google requesting the search giant not to delist their apps or take ‘any precipitative steps’ against any app developers. They are asking the search giant not to delist any app till March 19 when their Special Leave Petition (SLP) comes up for hearing.
According to a report in Economic Times, around 30 companies wrote to Google on Monday requesting not to be delisted until the SLP is heard.”We expect more companies to join in and send the letter to Google as we are all completely dependent on the Play Store,” a person said
In a setback to app developers, startups and others, last week the Supreme Court refused to restrain Google from “delisting” their apps from its Play Store. The order will make way for the removal of their apps from the Google Play Store, if they don’t agree with the US tech major’s billing policy.
What the letter says
In the letter which has been reviewed by ET, the companies said any precipitative step taken by Google would be “extremely detrimental” to all the participants of the ecosystem comprising start-ups and app developers.
They went on to say that previously too Google had voluntarily extended its enforcement of Google Billing Payment System and User Choice Billing multiple times.
“No irreparable harm or injury would be suffered by Google, in case it does not take any precipitative actions against any developers,” they said. “We therefore request you to exercise restraint and not take any precipitation action to delist any apps from the Google Play Store.”
The app developers had filed an SLP against the judgement delivered by the Madras High Court on January 19 which was listed on February 9 before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court directed the SLP to be listed on March 19.

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