According to the latest reports, it seems that the Google Play Store is getting company. Huawei, Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi are teaming up in order to work on a new integrated mobile store for Android that will replace the Google Play Store.
Global Developer Service Alliance (GSDA)
This new platform is reportedly called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GSDA), and it’s not only for apps. The companies also want to provide devs a place to market and distribute apps, movies, games, and music to their clients who are outside of China.
According to Thurrott, this move will start in India, Indonesia, and Russia, and then, it will also expand from there.
None of the companies have confirmed this report, but, on the other hand, it’s worth noting that Huawei was already known to be expanding its own store and mobile OS efforts. If you recall, this was due to its blacklisting by the U.S. government.
Competitors in China are worried about the ability to use the tech based in the US, and they’re trying to hurry up and build an alternative. This could become a rival for Google Play Store.
The new store could rival Google
The GSVA could be going live in March, but this is not set in stone due to the terrible issues triggered by the coronavirus.
The move could create a rival for Google, and the online publication mentioned above notes that “Reuters notes that the four companies together represent over 40 percent of the global smartphone market, with Huawei the clear number two player, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple.”
They also noted that if the US had not blacklisted Huawei last year, the company might have already overtaken Samsung for the top spot.
The Google Play Store was recently in the spotlight when it’s been revealed that one of its updates could automatically install software on your device.