As in recent few years there is incredible growth of Chinese smart phones brands. Brands like Xiaomi, BBK Electronics (Oppo & Vivo)& Huawei are some of the highest selling smart phones brands accounting for over 40% of all smart phones shipments globally. For complete android experience Google play store & GMS (Google Mobile Services) are necessary. However Huawei uses HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) instead of GMS after the US ban. Now Huawei, MI, BBK Electronics (Oppo & Vivo) are joining forces to develop a Google play store alternative. They are working on the “Global Developer Service Alliance” or GDSA, which will launch in March but it may get delay due to outbreak of coronavirus.
Oppo & Vivo are both owned by Chinese manufacturer BBK Electronics
Huawei, Oppo, Vivo declined to comment for this story. A Xiaomi spokesperson said that ‘The GDSA solely serves to facilitate the uploading of apps by developers to respective app stores of Xiaomi, Oppo & Vivo simultaneously. There’s no competing interest between this service and Google play store’
Point to be noted is that Xiaomi and others are not trying to compete with Google play store. They aim to create a platform for developers outside China.
Why there is need of Google play store alternative?
As you know, Google play store & other Google services including YouTube can’t be used in China so due to this reason the smart phones sold in China doesn’t have the play store. They have to install from third party source of the respective brand such as Mi apps on Xiaomi, Oppo app store. The popular apps are available in these stores but there is difference of each from the play store. Huawei Mobile services have about 45000 apps while play store has around 3 million apps. So these are joining forces to create Google play store alternative.
Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA)
According to reports, these smart phones makers are developing a play store alternative that doesn’t mean that it will take form in a single store. All four brands will have its own app store with same content. This new platform will allow the app developers to upload their apps once & the apps will be published on all the 4 app stores. This new platform would cover 9 different countries including China, India, Indonesia & Russia.
I am very excited for this up gradation and for more information and updates stay tuned to it.