Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi form the Global Developer Service Alliance
Today, a report from Reuter shows that Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are all teaming up to let developers outside of China to upload apps into their own app stores simultaneously.
The four companies are calling the alliance the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), and the platform will allow developers to upload and market their apps in different markets conveniently. By allowing developers to publish to different app stores simultaneously, they could potentially reach more customers and generate more revenue. As for the four companies, they are leveraging their strengths in different regions so more apps will be available in their respective app stores.
While it may seem like a direct competitor to Google Play, a Xiaomi representative has contacted Android Authority to deny the allegations. On the contrary, their goal is to make the developers’ lives easier by giving them the ability to upload to multiple app stores from different manufacturers.
The companies are planning to launch the GDSA in March, however, it may face delays given the recent coronavirus outbreak. They plan to start the service in 9 countries including India, Indonesia, and Russia.