Apple, Google to be investigated over cell browser dominance in UK

Reuters | | Posted by Singh Rahul Sunilkumar

Britain’s competitors watchdog on Tuesday launched an in-depth investigation into the dominance of the cell browsers of Apple and Google.

Responses to a session it launched in June revealed “substantial support” for a fuller investigation into the matter and into whether or not iPhone-maker Apple restricts cloud gaming by way of its app retailer, the Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) stated.

“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 govt of the CMA, stated in a press release.

“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 stated its Android cell working system gave customers a larger selection of apps and app shops than some other cell platform.

“It also enables developers to choose the browser engine they want, and has been the launchpad for millions of apps,” a spokesperson stated. “We’re committed to building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers build successful businesses.”

Apple stated it will “constructively” interact with the CMA to elucidate how its strategy “promotes competition and choice, while ensuring consumers’ privacy and security are protected.”

U.S. tech giants, together with Google’s proprietor Alphabet and Apple, are drawing growing consideration from competitors regulators in Brussels, London and elsewhere.

Google’s Play Retailer is the topic of separate investigations by anti-trust authorities within the EU and Britain, the corporate stated final month.

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