The largest Chinese smartphone makers are joining hands to create their own application store, although the goal is not officially to compete with Google.
Global Developer Service Alliance
Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are respectively the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth largest manufacturers in the world. All these Chinese tech companies have joined forces to set up the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The goal is that new apps that land on a manufacturer’s application store will also automatically appear in the app store of the other brands, reports Reuters.
Earlier, it was thought that the Chinese brands set up GDSA to compete with Google’s Play Store. That turns out not to be the primary motive. A Xiaomi spokesperson made it clear to Android Authority:
“The Global Developer Service Alliance only serves to make it easier for developers to upload apps to Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi application stores. This service has no interest in competing with Google. “
For The Developers
It makes sense from the perspective of the Chinese smartphone market that the brands want to make it easier to distribute new apps. The Google Play Store is blocked in China, which is why phone users have long been dependent on alternative application stores with their manufacturer’s store at the forefront because it is pre-installed. Yet the cooperation also goes further than just home country China, because GDSA wants to be active in other countries as well.
GDSA now ensures that when an app lands on the OPPO application store, it is also automatically available in the other app stores. Although the collaboration goes even further because it also applies to other digital content such as music, films, books, and magazines. Huawei can get many benefits from an initiative such as GDSA because the manufacturer is now making considerable efforts to expand the range in its AppGallery.