China's mobile giants to take on Google's Play store: Report

WION Web Team New Delhi Feb 12, 2020, 01.36 PM(IST)

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The platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

In a move to challenge the dominance of Google's Play Store, China's Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are reportedly joining hands to create a common platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, news agency Reuters reported quoting sources. 

The four companies are ironing out kinks in what is known as the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), the report added.

The platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The GDSA was initially aiming to launch in March, sources said, although it is not clear how that will be affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.

A prototype website says the platform will initially cover nine "regions" including India, Indonesia and Russia.

The decision comes even as China struggled to contain the social media outbursts over its fight against coronavirus. The Communist government in China, which usually has a tight grip on the social media activities of its citizens, struggled to respond after the Chinese national lashed out at the government for its slow response to coronavirus and its attempt to muffle the social media in the country. 

China’s social media censorship machine was tested last week when Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who had been reprimanded for issuing an early warning about coronavirus, died of the disease, triggering widespread outrage online. 

Several social media posts demanding freedom of speech cropped up moments after Dr Li's death and continued for several days before the Chinese government rushed to contain the outflow of such posts.