Will further invest in India to boost local innovation: Google Play

by IANS |

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Google Play on Thursday said that the company will continue to invest in India on solving for local opportunities and challenges, as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Indian apps and games saw a 200 per cent increase in active monthly users and an 80 per cent increase in consumers spends in 2021 compared to 2019 on Google Play.

Aditya Swamy, Director, Play Partnerships, said that local developers are finding global audiences with Indian apps and games, seeing a 150 per cent increase in time spent by users outside India in 2021 compared to 2019 on Google Play.

"We will continue to invest in initiatives that enable a diverse range of developers to build helpful apps and successful businesses on Play," Swamy said in a blog post.

"We want to help every developer with an idea capitalise on the potential to reach 2.5 billion monthly active users and 190 countries with Google Play," he added.

India is uniquely positioned to become a leading hub for global app innovation and there is tremendous potential for homegrown startups across the country - regardless of size and geography -- to thrive in the global app ecosystem.

"We will continue to evolve our tools to support developers' business decision making and evolve our business models to help them grow their businesses," Swamy mentioned.

More than 2 million developers work with Google Play to build businesses and reach people across the globe.

"We are excited by what Play's developer and user communities in India will experience and build in the next 10 years," said Swamy.

The company said that in the past two years, it has seen apps across categories such as education, payments, health, entertainment, and gaming witness stupendous growth.

"There has been great momentum in gaming too. Ludo King became one of the first Indian games to cross 500 million downloads," said Google Play.

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