By Sankalp Phartiyal and Aditya Kalra
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alibaba-backed Indian fintech firm Paytm is aiming for a million apps on its “mini app store” by the first quarter of 2021, it said on Thursday, seeking to challenge the dominance of Alphabet’s Google in India’s mobile web economy.
Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma called Google “judge, jury and executioner” after his app was temporarily removed from the Android app store last month for a policy violation. On Thursday, he kicked off his company’s “Mini App Developer Conference” by calling Google a “toll collector”.
Google, whose Android operating system powers nearly 99% of India’s roughly 500 million smartphones, has faced criticism from several startups in the country over a move to enforce its global policy more strictly and charge a 30% commission for in-app purchases.
That criticism led the U.S. tech giant this week to defer by six months its