Four Chinese smartphone manufacturers have apparently joined together to compete more effectively with Google’s Play Store.
The latter cannot be accessed in China due to government bans which means that a viable alternative may be welcome. Additionally, Huawei has been banned in the US and this could be a way to bolster its profile elsewhere.
The Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) consists of Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo.
Together, the device makers want to create a new platform for app developers to launch and promote their apps. This will likely include some promotional and marketing options.
However, not much is know about the GDSA’s monetisation plans at this point.
Traditionally, most smartphone makers have their own app stores in China. By joining forces, they could create a powerful competitor to the Play Store for Android devices.
The platform could launch as early as March.