Chinese mobile players making alliance for common apps platform

China’s four mobile giant companies are reportedly joining hands to launch a platform that will allow developers around the world to upload their apps. The platform will allow those apps to become simultaneously upload to the app stores of participating companies.

The move by Huawei Technologies, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi, has been seen by analysts as a challenge to and would be lessening the dominance of Google’s Play store.

The talks between the four companies to form the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) are in final stages. GDSA will provide the music, games, movies and other apps developers a platform to easily market their product and reach overseas markets, reported Reuters, citing sources.

The companies were initially intending launching the platform in March, reported Reuters, but after the outbreak of coronavirius in China, it is not clear whether the platform’s launch will be on time.

The GDSA, in its starting phase, will be covering nine regions which include Russia, India and Indonesia, said a prototype website.

Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi confirmed the formation of GDSA as a platform to facilitate developers to simultaneously upload their apps to the stores of these companies.

Huawei declined to comment on the alliance, while Vivo and Oppo, both of which are the subsidiaries of China’s multinational electronics manufacturing firm BBK Electronics Corporation, did not mention any role of Huawei in their respective statements regarding the alliance.

However, Xiaomi not only denied any involvement of Huawei in alliance formation but also rejected any intention of challenging Google’s dominance through the intended platform, as said the company’s spokesman.

Google, despite having a ban on its services in China, last year has made nearly $8.8 billion globally in earnings from its Play store, as said a Sensor Tower analyst Katie Williams.

Oppo and Vivo currently enjoy strong user base in Southeast Asia, while Xiaomi is leading in India with Huawei strongly holding European customers. With the formation of alliance, all these companies are trying to get the benefit of other’s strong position in different regions, said VP of Mobility at Canalys, Nicole Peng about the GDSA.