Oppo, Vivo, Huawei and Xiaomi

Top tier Chinese smartphone manufacturers are joining forces to create a platform that will enable global developers to upload apps onto their respective app stores simultaneously. The alliance between Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi could hamper the global dominance of Google PlayStore on Android phones.R

The new platform, dubbed the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), is slated for March and will initially cover nine regions, including India, Indonesia, Russia, Spain, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

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The latest step from Chinese tech giants is likely to help “developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets,” people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Xiaomi said the move is simply to ease the process for the global developers, and they have no whatsoever intention to compete with Google PlayStore.

Nevertheless, the alliance is a huge step forward in becoming independent of Google PlayStore and its services.

Despite having a strong-hold on the market, Chinese vendors fail to get users to visit their official app stores due to the lack of many essential third-party apps. The GDSA will likely help them solve this problem.

While there is no mention of a Google PlayStore alternative, allowing developers to port apps that will simultaneously appear on all four app stores does point in that direction.

Huawei will likely get the biggest benefit out of the project since the Chinese tech giant is already working on HarmonyOS, an alternative Android OS.

A few days ago, Huawei said that it wouldn’t rely on Google services even if it regains its license. This might be a long shot, but it appears that Huawei might drop all ties with Google sooner or later.