Indus App Store Challenges Google: 100,000 Downloads in Just 3 Days

Wondering if there's an alternative to Google's app dominance? Read on the story of how PhonePe's Indus App Store amassed drastic downloads in just three days. Discover the game-changing shift and explore the full details here!

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PhonePe Indus App Store Challenges Google 100000 Downloads in Just 3 Days

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The dominance of Google in the app market is being challenged as PhonePe's Indus App Store surpasses 100,000 downloads within three days of its launch.

Since its debut on February 21, the app store has attracted users with its wide selection of over 2 lakh apps and games across 45 categories. Feedback has been positive, with users appreciating the platform's ease of use and support for Indian developers.

PhonePe CEO Sameer Nigam expressed satisfaction with the rapid uptake, highlighting the company's commitment to empowering both users and developers. With plans to expand to 5 lakh apps by year-end, the Indus App Store aims to reshape India's app market.

🌟 Breaking barriers and embracing diversity! 

A heartfelt thanks to our incredible Indian users for skyrocketing Indus Appstore to over 100,000 downloads in just 3 days. 🚀

Did you start your app discovery journey in 12 Indian languages yet?#IndusAppstore #IndiaKaAppstore

— Indus Appstore (@IndusAppstore) February 25, 2024

What is Indus App Store?

The Indus App Store is a newly launched Android app marketplace introduced by PhonePe, designed to provide Indian consumers with a homegrown alternative to the dominant Google Play Store. Offering a diverse selection of over 2 lakh apps and games across 45 categories, with plans to expand to 5 lakh apps by the year's end, the Indus App Store aims to cater to the evolving needs of India's burgeoning app economy. Notably, it empowers developers by offering listings in 12 Indian languages and a zero percent fee on in-app purchases, challenging the traditional norms set by global app marketplaces. With a focus on inclusivity, diversity, and user-centric features, the Indus App Store represents a pivotal shift in India's digital landscape, fostering competition and innovation while providing consumers with greater choice and accessibility.

A Made-in-India Alternative to Google Play Store

The Indus App Store arrives as a beacon of innovation, providing users access to over 2 lakh apps and games across 45 diverse categories. With aspirations to expand its offerings to 5 lakh apps by year-end, PhonePe's initiative taps into India's burgeoning app economy, where consumers spent a staggering 1.19 trillion hours on mobile apps in 2023 alone.

Empowering Developers, Embracing Diversity

For developers, the Indus App Store represents a refreshing departure from traditional app marketplaces. Offering listings in 12 Indian languages and a zero percent fee on in-app purchases, it presents a lucrative platform to showcase their creations without the burden of hefty commissions imposed elsewhere.

PhonePe CEO, Sameer Nigam, emphasized the platform's commitment to inclusivity, providing round-the-clock support and personalized assistance, a far cry from the challenges often encountered with global app stores.

The Indus App Store launch coincides with ongoing regulatory scrutiny faced by Google over its Play Store policies. While Google contends its adjustments comply with regulatory mandates, PhonePe's venture signifies a push for greater fairness and competition within India's digital ecosystem.

PhonePe's journey towards the Indus App Store began with the acquisition of Indus OS in July 2022, followed by strategic partnerships with OEMs like Nokia and Lava. These alliances aim to embed the app store into millions of devices, fostering widespread adoption and accessibility.

Developer Platform Launch

Indus App Store's offerings extend beyond consumer-facing features, prioritizing the needs of developers. The platform allows app listings in 12 Indian languages, offers a zero percent fee on in-app purchases, and promises 24x7 dedicated support, marking a significant departure from the norm.

How to Install Indus App Store?

Despite not being listed on Google Play Store, installing the Indus App Store remains straightforward:

  1. Visit on your mobile browser.
  2. Download the APK file.
  3. Open the file and follow on-screen instructions to install.

As PhonePe pioneers the Indus App Store, it heralds a new era of competition and innovation in India's app market. With its user-centric approach, developer-friendly policies, and unwavering commitment to diversity, the Indus App Store promises to redefine the digital landscape, empowering both creators and consumers alike.

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