UK Is Looking Into Apple And Google’s Dominance In Mobile Browser Segment 

The UK’s competition watchdog launched an in-depth investigation into Apple and Google’s mobile browser dominance on Tuesday.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that responses to a consultation launched in June revealed “substantial support” for a fuller investigation into the matter and whether iPhone maker Apple restricts cloud gaming through its app store.

“Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions set by Apple and Google,” Sarah Cardell, interim chief executive of the CMA, said in a statement.

“We plan to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are justified and, if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors.”

Google claims that its Android mobile operating system offers more apps and app stores than any other mobile platform.

“It also enables developers to choose the browser engine they want, and has been the launchpad for millions of apps,” a spokesperson said.

“We’re committed to building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers build successful businesses.”

Apple said it would work with the CMA “constructively” to explain how its approach “promotes competition and choice while protecting consumers’ privacy and security.”

US tech behemoths, including Alphabet’s Google and Apple, are attracting increased scrutiny from competition authorities in Brussels, London, and elsewhere.

Google’s Play Store is under investigation by antitrust authorities in the EU and the United Kingdom, the company announced last month.

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Categories: Economy & Finance, Regulations & Legal, Strategy

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