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Xiaomi, Huawei, and BBK come together to create a Google Play Store alternative | TechRadar

Chinese smartphone manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Huawei Business Group, Oppo, and Vivo, are coming together to create a Play store alternative of sorts, to end Google’s monopoly in this space.

According to Reuters, the four companies are creating the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) as a marketplace for developers to offer their apps, games, movies, music, and other apps. The “Play store killer” was initially slated to launch in March, but the recent coronavirus outbreak could delay that. Additional details are still sparse, except that the companies are already in the final stages of the agreement. The first wave will include a total of nine “regions,” including India, Indonesia, and Russia, all of which are big and growing smartphone markets. 

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If the 2019 Huawei trade ban taught something to the tech world, it was that too much power in too few hands is dangerous. Huawei and its sister companies (such as Honor) were put on an ‘entity list,’ which disallowed them to have any business relations with a company based in the US. Huawei tried resisting this by opting for various workarounds and alternatives, but there was one company whose reliance was irreplaceable — Google. More specifically, the Play store.

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