Apple and Google are being investigated by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the way the two run app stores and make the dominant web browsers on their respective platforms.
The new investigation is the result of suggestions that people commented on the possibility of taking a closer look at Apple and Google.
The point of contention for some is that Apple blocks certain apps, including game streaming services, from being published through the App Store. From Google’s perspective, the problem seems to be that Chrome is the go-to web browser for many.
Many UK businesses and web developers tell us that they feel they are being held back by the restrictions set by Apple and Google. When the new digital market system is introduced, it can solve these kinds of problems. In the meantime, we are using our existing capabilities to address the problem where we can. 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.
It’s the suggestion that developers are being held back from creating better apps and services that is at the heart of the investigation, but it will be hard to prove.
The investigation can only last for a maximum of 18 months and the CMA will need to seek information from Apple and Google.
This isn’t the first time Apple’s requirement that all apps be downloaded through the App Store has put it under the spotlight, and it’s unlikely to end.
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