China's Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo Join Forces To Take On Google Play

The Force is strong in China

Looks like things are escalating for China's mobile giants; Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo. Reports have been revealed that these mobile giants are joining forces to create a platform that will replace Google Play Store, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of said app.

China's mobile giants are all utilising Android, which means they're at the mercy of Google. With what has happened recently with Huawei and the US, this means even Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are at risk of losing their Google Mobile Services (GMS) should ties between US and China continue to falter. So this move by these companies are to be expected in a way.

Edit: Xiaomi has released a statement to say that their role is merely to facilitate the uploading of apps for the GSDA and have no interest in competing against the Google Play Store: The Global Developer Service Alliance solely serves to facilitate the uploading of apps by developers to respective app stores of Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo simultaneously. There's no competing interest between this service and Google Play Store.

For now, the four companies are ironing out any issues for what is known as the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets.

There's even a prototype website that says the platform will initially cover nine "regions" including India, Indonesia, Russia and even Malaysia. It seems that there was also a possibility of it being launched in March, though it may be delayed due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Despite the issues with Google and their latest smartphones having lost GSM, Huawei has successfully maintained their position at second place as the world's most popular smartphone brand as of 2019. They're currently working on their own OS called Harmony OS, though it will take some time for it to be properly developed and fully rival Google's Android.