It seems like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi, four Chinese smartphone brands, are seeking independence from Google and its services which are currently essentials for a smooth, working android experience.
The said smartphone giants are teaming up to work on a one-stop platform that will allow global developers to upload their apps and other content easier and simultaneously to these four brands’ app stores.
Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA)
According to the Reuters’ report, the one-stop platform which is expected to be launched in March, will be called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA).
As stated in the alliance’s terms and conditions, “The GDSA platform provides unified access to multiple mobile phone manufacturers’ stores. Developers can submit applications (including Android free-to-install applications, games, music, movies, books, magazines, or other digital content or services through the registration platform), which can be synchronized to multiple mobile phone manufacturers’ app stores that have already cooperated.”
And although Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi’s own respective app stores are already running, all of them will be having the same content and backend. So technically, this makes them unified as the same app store.
US’ Trade Ban against Huawei
This move on creating the GDSA was fueled by the United State’s sanctions for Huawei which prevented the brand from doing business with US companies. The trade ban has blocked Huawei from using the services offered by Google for Android.