Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are joining hands to create a new platform for global developers to upload apps to their respective app stores at the same time to challenge the Google Play Store.
Huawei and other companies working under the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). This platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets, reports Reuters citing people related to the matter.
The GDSA was initially scheduled to launch in March but there’s no clear date due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
“By forming this alliance each company will be looking to leverage the others’ advantages in different regions, with Xiaomi’s strong user base in India, Vivo and Oppo in Southeast Asia, and Huawei in Europe,” said Nicole Peng, the VP of Mobility at Canalys.
Huawei already has its own application market – Huawei AppGallery, where the company has already extended its effort to grow applications and this alliance is expected to extend the number of global applications on AppGallery for important markets including Europe.