Published: Tue, February 11, 2020
Tech | By Anita Cain

Chinese Tech Giants Team Up Against Google Play Store Domination

Chinese Tech Giants Team Up Against Google Play Store Domination

Similar alliances haven't succeeded in the past because of Google's dominance, she said. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi also operate their own app stores. The upcoming platform might launch in March 2020, but could face a delay because of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to sources, the prototype will initially cover nine regions including Indonesia, Russia, and India.

It is claimed that this club, called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), includes Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo.

Due to the trade war between the USA and China, Huawei is developing its own app store (called the AppGallery) and its HarmonyOS further with $1 billion of investment after Google Play Services were banned from its flagship Mate 30 range.

The GDSA is still in its premature phases of development, but its success could shift power dynamics in the smartphone market radically, according to Business Insider.

Katie Williams, an analyst at Sensor Tower, said Google, whose applications are banned in China, earned about US$8.8 billion globally from Google Play in 2019.

IDC Consultancy's data for 2019's fourth quarter shows the four major Chinese smartphone manufacturers to account for 40.1% of the total handset shipments across the globe. Reports state that Xiaomi denied Huawei's involvement and the other three companies Huawei, Oppo and Vivo has not commented on this issue. There were some previous backdoors that allowed users to download the applications, but even those were finally blocked More than applications, it was the lack of access to Google services that hurt Huawei. This is because it's unclear how these big four smartphone brands will share the revenue cost.

Chinese Android giants Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, are creating a new platform to distribute apps onto all of their online shops.

Huawei is also moving away from Google by developing its own Harmony operating system as an alternative.

However, managing the alliance could be challenging, said Peng. This makes the app developers go under hefty works to design apps especially for Playstore and other separate Chinese app stores if they wanted to leverage the Chinese user base. "The execution is difficult as its hard to say which company is pulling more weight and investing more in it".

We expect to see the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro launch quite soon.

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