Chinese manufacturers Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are working on a platform that will allow developers to download applications to all stores of the companies at one time. The vendors have teamed up to form an alliance called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), a project that could shake the dominance of Google Play.
The platform is designed to help developers of game, music, video and other applications sell their programs in international markets.
Since Google Play is banned in China, Chinese Android users are used to download apps from other stores, many of which are supported by mobile device manufacturers such as Huawei and Oppo. Outside the country, however, this niche is strongly occupied by Google Play, a platform that is essentially the only convenient place where developers can download their apps. As a result, third-party app stores have problems with developer support, and GDSA may change this situation.
The GDSA website notes that the platform will initially serve nine regions, which include India, Indonesia, Russia and Malaysia. While individually the member companies are strong in different regions (for example, Xiaomi is popular in India and Huawei in Europe), together they control over 40% of all smartphone shipments worldwide. The new platform is expected to help developers download apps to all stores at one time and ensure some level of parity between app stores.
The most actual problem with the dominance of Google Play is for Huawei, a company that last year lost its license to use Google products. As a result, the company announced the development of its own operating system Harmony and invested $ 1 billion in the development, development and marketing of Huawei Mobile Services – an alternative to Google services.
It should be noted that at the moment Google Play is a significant source of income for Google – last year the company earned at the store about $ 8.8 billion. In addition, Google charges 30% commission for the sale of content on Google Play. Apparently, Chinese producers wanted to take a bite out of this tasty pie.
The launch of the new platform is scheduled for March, but it may be delayed due to the coronovirus.