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Consortium of Chinese Smartphone Makers Launch New Effort to Challenge Google’s Play Store’s Dominance

Four of China’s largest smartphone makers have launched a new initiative to build an alternative app marketplace to challenge the dominant Google Play store. Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have come together to form the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), a new platform for dev games, movies, music and mobile applications in markets outside of China.

GDSA is set to open next month with nine countries including Russia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia but, so far, it appears that no Middle Eastern or African countries have signed on.

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