Vivo la revolution – Chinese phone giants unite to pioneer a life after Google

(Image credit: Huawei)

Four Chinese camera phone manufacturers are working together to create an app store experience that will enable developers to upload their apps simultaneously to all four of their app stores with just one click. Having recognized how devastating a turned off Google tap can be for an Android manufacturer, the four brands: Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have formed this appy alliance.

If you’ve ever used a Chinese Huawei phone, you’ll know that without the Play Store, your experience in the west will be very handicapped. No banking apps, no Spotify and definitely no Facebook, which in turn means no WhatsApp or Instagram or any other Facebook-owned services. It hasn’t been feasible for most developers to devote an estimated day of dev work to port the apps from the Play Store to Huawei’s own app gallery. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.