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Google and Apple get under CMA's investigation

Market watchdog UK wants to investigate Apple and Google's abuse of power

13.Jun.22 6:34 AM
By Market watchdog UK wants to investigate Apple and Google's abuse of power
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Google and Apple get under CMA's investigation
The UK Competition Authority is considering investigating Apple and Google's market power with mobile browsers. At the same time, the regulator wants to investigate Apple's restrictions on offering cloud gaming via the App Store.

According to the Competition and Markets Authority, Apple and Google have a firm grip on the mobile browser market and 97 percent of mobile browsing traffic in the UK is through an Apple or Google browser engine. The CMA points out that Apple does not allow mobile browsers on an engine other than that of Safari in its App Store. This could potentially frustrate competition and limit the capabilities of web apps. Apple and Google have a further advantage over competitors, because mobile devices almost always have Safari and Chrome installed by default.

The CMA also notes that Apple is frustrating the emergence of game streaming services due to restrictions on its App Store. The authority suggests this is because these services pose a threat to the revenue Apple gets from gaming apps. The CMA proposes to set up a market investigation and calls on interested parties to submit their views. This can be done until July 22.

The competition authority comes to the proposal after completing an investigation that shows that Apple and Google in fact have a duopoly with their mobile ecosystems. "If no action is taken, both companies will maintain or even strengthen their grip on the sector, further restricting competition," writes the CMA. The authority first focuses on mobile browsers and cloud gaming, but the investigation would have identified a range of topics that deserve further attention. For example, the organization is immediately launching an investigation into the rules that Google has established for in-app payments in the Play Store.

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