Google brings its global rewards program to India
has launched its global rewards program Google Play Points in India. It would allow users in the country to earn points and rewards upon making purchases through Google’s app marketplace, including in-app items, apps, games, and subscriptions.
The program, currently available in 28 countries, will be rolled out in India in the coming week with four levels — Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, offering users perks and prizes depending on a given users' tier.
Google has partnered with developers of popular apps and games to help users redeem their points for special in-app items.
“Google Play Points will also provide local developers a new avenue to build a local and global user base; helping them engage their users, drive discovery, and acquire users across markets that have Google Play Points,” Santos Cohen, Director, Go-To-Market, Google Play Points, said in a blog post. “We look forward to expanding the program to more global and local developers in the future.”
Google’s announcement comes a month after its developer-friendly move of allowing non-gaming app developers in India and four other regions to offer an additional choice to users for billing, alongside its own Google Play billing system.
The apps market
Both Google and its rival Apple control their app marketplaces. Globally, the tech titans have come under the regulatory radar for collecting a 15% to 30% service fee for in-app purchases. In India, Alphabet’s Google has come under scrutiny by the Competition Commission of India for its app store payment structure.
India is one of the leading downloaders of apps and games in the world and Google Play is a main mobile app distribution channel on smart devices running Android OS, with most downloads of Android apps occurring through Google’s app store.
In 2021, Android held a share of 95.8% of the mobile operating system market in India, according to database company Statista. The number of downloads in the Indian app market is projected to reach 31.5 billion downloads in 2022.
Total revenue in the Indian app market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.2% in the period 2022-2026, resulting in a projected market volume of $2.3 billion by 2026 from $1.6 billion in 2022.
“From leading in app adoptions to emerging as a large global developer hub, India will play a critical role in the evolution of the global app ecosystem in the coming decade,” Aditya Swamy, Director, Play Partnerships, recently wrote in a blog post.
Edited by Akanksha Sarma