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

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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 (opens in new tab) 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. 

That’s why the Huawei Mate 30 Pro (opens in new tab), which launched after Huawei was banned from using Google Mobile Services (GMS), isn’t currently available in the west despite the fact it features one of the best cameras we’ve ever used on a smartphone (opens in new tab). This new multi-deployment system would be a huge step to help incentivize app developers to develop apps for non-GMS certified devices. 

Reuters, who broke the news also highlights the regional power each of these brands has - Huawei is strong in Europe, while Xiaomi has a greater hold in India. Together, with control of over 40 percent of the world’s smartphone shipments in Q4 last year, app developers should take note of this news. Additionally, so should Huawei fans - this is the single most promising sign we’ve seen that Huawei’s upcoming smartphones could come back fighting after a difficult 2019.

While the new platform was originally meant to launch in March, owing to the recent coronavirus outbreak and the impact it’s having on Chinese manufacturers, this has been delayed. With any luck, however, this could be the catalyst for the upcoming Huawei P40 Pro (opens in new tab), expected to be a world-class camera phone, actually launching around the world.

Reuters (opens in new tab) via The Verge (opens in new tab)

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Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there he headed up Btekt as a director and then Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.