Apple and Google investigated by UK competition body

Apple and Google investigated by UK competition body

That includes the operating systems Android and iOS, both app stores, and Safari and Chrome web browsers. Officials are examining whether the pair are “stifling competition across a range of digital markets”.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it is investigating Apple and Google over their dominant position in the mobile phone market. It is “taking a closer look” at the “effective duopoly” the two firms have. “The CMA is concerned this could lead to reduced innovation across the sector and consumers paying higher prices for devices and apps, or for other goods and services due to higher advertising prices,” the authority said.

Google said its Android ecosystem generates £2.8bn in revenue for UK developers, and supports 240,000 jobs. It also said it had made major changes to its terms based on discussions with regulators – such as the EU. Apple has also been contacted for comment.

The announcement also specifically highlighted the question of whether either of the two tech giants has market power over other businesses – including the app developers which rely on their app stores. That has been a hot-button issue for the mobile industry over the past year, particularly since Epic Games launched its high-profile legal action against both Apple and Google, alleging unfair business practices. 📱 We’ve launched a market study into #Apple’s and #Google’s mobile ecosystems, to take a close look at whether they have market power which could be affecting competition across a range of areas.Read more: https://t.co/MbKBV5k9Dx#Digital #Apps pic.twitter.com/ie4ezEQoXu

— Competition & Markets Authority (@CMAgovUK) June 15, 2021
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter “Apple and Google control the major gateways through which people download apps or browse the web on their mobiles – whether they want to shop, play games, stream music or watch TV,” said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli. “We’re looking into whether this could be creating problems for consumers and the businesses that want to reach people through their phones.”

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