Google’s mobile operating system is the most widely used in the world. The operating system is installed in dozens of smartphone brands. However, the restrictions imposed by the United States have led Chinese brands to create an alliance to create their own app store.
Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, and, Huawei announced that they had joined together to create an application store that can be used worldwide, forgetting the dependence of the Google store.
Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA)
According to Reuters, they are now developing a Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). It is a platform that will allow developers around the world to launch from their applications and games to their movies and songs, without having to go through the Google filter.
To understand this alliance, let’s go step by step. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, points to the Chinese technology companies to jeopardize the security of his country due to spying.
Google had to withdraw its license from Android and its Google Mobile Services (GMS), that is, from its applications such as YouTube, Maps, and Gmail, from Chinese smartphones.
Due to the above situation, not only senior government officials were banned from using cell phones from brands such as Huawei or ZTE, but they also put brands on a “blacklist” that prevents US companies from associating with them.
The first to be affected by this measure was the Huawei Mate 30. Although it does have Android as an operating system, it is a free version that does not include GMS, forcing users to clone the apps or use them in different browser.
What Chinese brands are Planning
But, betting in the long term, Huawei decided to create its own app store. They plan to develop an App Gallery which has millions of apps. Although, most of them are Chinese, the company announced in Europe a strong investment to convince developers of creating a version for the play store, which is giving good results.
Well, the whole summary above is what is driving the Chinese to make a strong enough not to rely on Google anymore. This seems to be a very complicated task, and it would take years.
According to Reuters, Chinese brands planned to announce the creation of GDSA at MWC 2020. However, the coronavirus problem is likely to delay its plans.
What is known so far is that the platform will be available in nine regions, including India, Russia, and Indonesia. They are the markets where each of the Chinese companies has a strong market share. In fact, information from IDC indicates that the four companies behind the new store (Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, and, Huawei) have 40% of the global mobile market share.
To boost their platform, it is said that they will charge developers a lower commission for each download of their applications. It means more money for them, but also the technology companies themselves. It is because they will earn directly from the apps, which is not happening today. Google is the one who keeps that income.
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