The four brands aim to challenge Google’s monopoly
While Huawei is working on developing its own Play Store alternative with App Gallery, a Reuters report reveals that vivo, OPPO, and Xiaomi are joining with Huawei to create a platform where developers outside of China can upload their apps to their respective app stores.
The four brands are reportedly making the team up possible through a group called Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). According to those who know about the alliance, the platform covers not just apps, but also music and movies for the overseas market. Through the alliance, the four brands aim to offer an alternative to Google’s Play Store. Currently, all phones in China—along with recent Huawei phones like the Mate 30 series—do not have access to Google services.
The GDSA plans to launch this March but that might get delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. On its initial rollout, the GDSA is set to cover nine regions that include India, Indonesia, and Russia. There’s even a website for the upcoming alliance.
All four companies refused to comment on the matter, and the same goes with Google.
According to IDC’s 4Q 2019 report, vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and OPPO covers 40.1% of global handset shipments, which makes sense why the four brands plan to band together to develop their own Play Store alternative.