According to a new report, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi – Chinese smartphone makers – are coming together to develop a joint app store for developers outside of China to release their apps onto.
The new platform, dubbed the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), is slated for March and will initially cover nine regions, including India, Indonesia, Russia, Spain, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The GDSA project is designed to simplify the downloading of content to the devices of Android users. By analogy with Google Play, the platform will be divided into categories for game developers, utilities, music and video content providers.
The GDSA can use this to bring the new app store to millions of new customers and could pose a serious challenge to Google’s dominance.