Chinese smartphone companies team up against the Google Play Store

Chinese smartphone companies team up against the Google Play Store

Posted on Feb 7, 2020

Huawei has suffered a loss from Google services such as the Play Store as a result of US sanctions, and now it looks like the Chinese company is about to take the most important step in response.

Reuters reported in a report that large smartphone makers like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are working together on a platform that lets developers located outside of China simultaneously upgrade their apps to these companies' app stores will facilitate loading.

These companies are under the auspices of the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), and the move appears to be an attempt to challenge the Google Play Store's international monopoly.

Google Play Store is banned in China and Android users download apps from various app stores, most of which handle different companies like Huawei and Oppo, but the dominance of Google Play Store outside China is established. Provides developers with the ability to upload their software, resulting in difficulties with third-party app stores, and is now being challenged by the GDSA platform.

The GDSA's Prototype website states that its services are planned to be introduced in 9 countries and regions including India, Indonesia, Russia and Malaysia.

According to the report, these Chinese companies are very strong in different regions, such as Xiaomi in India or Huawei Europe, and during the last quarter of last year, these companies sold 40% of smartphones worldwide.

This new platform will make it easier for developers to upload their apps to all stores simultaneously.

Google Play Store's global dominance is an even bigger problem for Huawei, which lost Google apps and services, including a Play Store license, due to US sanctions last year.

Due to this problem, Huawei decided not to push its flagship phone Mate 30 for sale globally, while also announcing that it would work on its operating system Harmony OS and as an alternative to Google Services. Huawei invested one billion dollars to establish mobile services.

The Play Store is very important in Google's revenue sources, which earned $ 8.8 billion worldwide last year.

The Chinese company plans to introduce a new platform in March, but could also be tainted by the spread of the Coronavirus in China.

It may be recalled that in May 2019, the United States barred Huawei from trading with US companies, and a special government license was imposed on US companies for the delivery of parts to Huawei.

Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration as a threat to US national security and said its devices could be used for espionage, a charge the Chinese company has always denied.


Mian Tajamul

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