The dominance of Apple and Google’s mobile browsers is the subject of an extensive inquiry by Britain’s antitrust authority, which was begun on Tuesday. According to a press statement from the authority, it will look into the businesses’ “stranglehold” over browsing and Apple’s dominance over cloud gaming via the App Store. According to the agency, Google and Apple will power 97% of all web browsing in the U.K. in 2021.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) claimed that responses to a survey it began in June indicated “strong support” for a more thorough examination into the situation and if iPhone maker prohibits cloud gaming through its app store.
Apple Investigation Continues
According to Sarah Cardell, interim chief executive of the CMA, “many UK businesses and online developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by constraints enforced by Google.” If the complaints we have heard are valid, we intend to look into them and, if they are, to determine what can be done to increase innovation and competition in these fields.
The Android mobile operating system, according to Google, offers customers the widest selection of apps and app shops of any other mobile platform.
According to a spokeswoman, “it also gives developers the freedom to select the browser engine of their choice and has served as the launchpad for millions of programs.” We’re dedicated to creating vibrant, open platforms that empower users and assist developers in creating profitable ventures.
To demonstrate how its strategy “promotes competition and choice while ensuring that consumers’ privacy and security are protected,” Apple stated it would “constructively” engage with the CMA. Competition officials in Brussels, London, and other cities are paying more attention to American tech titans like Apple and Alphabet, which owns Google.
According to a statement made by Google last month, the EU and British antitrust regulators are looking into Google’s Play Store separately.