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Google, Apple’s mobile phone duopoly likely to be probed by UK regulator

ByCindy J. Daddario

Jun 11, 2022

London: After examination Google and Appleduopoly for a year, the United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided that it “holds all the cards” in the mobile phone market.

According to Engadget, he is currently consulting on launching a market investigation into the tech giants’ market power in mobile browsers, as well as Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions.

Additionally, the CMA has launched a separate investigation into Google’s Play Store rules, the one that forces some app developers to use the tech giant’s payment system for in-app purchases, among other things.

The CMA concluded after its year-long study that tech giants do indeed exhibit an “effective duopoly” on mobile ecosystems, according to the report.

In total, 97% of mobile web browsing in the UK is powered by Apple and Google browser engines. iPhones and Android devices usually come with Safari and Chrome pre-installed, which means their browsers have the edge right out of the box.

Additionally, Apple requires developers to ensure that their iOS and iPadOS apps use its WebKit engine to browse the web. This limits the incentives Apple might have to invest in Safari, the CMA said.

The agency also pointed out that Apple has policies that prevent cloud gaming apps from being available for download from its App Store.

According to its rules, cloud gaming services would have to individually submit each playable game for review and approval if they want to be listed. The company eventually created an exception, but only to make services like Xbox Cloud Gaming available on iOS devices through a browser.

In its announcement, the CMA explained that the absence of intervention would allow the tech giants to maintain and even strengthen their grip not only on mobile browsers, but also on mobile operating systems and stores. apps.