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UK regulator investigates Google and Apple duopoly

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has investigated the two tech giants Google and Apple. The subject of the investigation was the duopoly of the two tech giants. Following this, the CMA also launched an investigation revolving around their power over mobile browsers, Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions and Google’s PlayStore rules.

It is well known that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are the most widely used systems in the world for mobile telephony. This is why the two companies employ and seek ways to monopolize the market between them. Hence the CMA investigation.

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The conclusions of the first CMA investigation

The CMA announced the findings it made a year after conducting the study on the two tech industry giants. She said both companies have all the cards in their hands to maintain their duopoly in this industry. She also called this duopoly effective on mobile ecosystems.

The agency also pointed out that a lack of intervention will reinforce the dominance of the two giants. She added that it was not only when it comes to mobile browsers but also mobile operating systems and app stores. In short, other small businesses don’t stand a chance.

What is the current investigation?

In the UK, 97% of mobile web browsing is owned by Apple and Google browser engines. That’s because Safari and Chrome, both companies’ two browsers, come pre-installed on iPhones and Android phones. And users don’t want to waste time switching to other search engines, so they have a huge advantage.

In addition, Apple has also asked application developers to use only the WebKit search engine to be able to browse the Web. And there are also the rules regarding the Google PlayStore. These rules force some of the app developers to only use the tech giant’s payment system for users’ in-app purchases. Apple policies also mean that cloud gaming applications are not downloadable from the Apple Store. The CMA is investigating all of this.

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