Britain Watchdog CMA to investigate Apple and Google mobile browser dominance

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in Britain said it was planning to investigate the market for mobile browsers from Apple Inc and Google. Along with this, the iPhone maker had banned cloud gaming through its App Store.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday it was also taking action on App Store payment methods in opposition to Alphabet Inc’s Google. He says that both the tech giants had an effective monopoly on the mobile ecosystem. Which gave them a firm grip on operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices.

CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said after a report on the mobile ecosystem that “Apple and Google hold everyone’s cards when it comes to mobile phone usage.” It added that “many of their services and products are good, but their strong hold on the mobile ecosystem allows them to lock out competitors, lag the British tech sector and limit choice.”

He said that 97 per cent of all mobile web browsing in the UK last year was operated by browser engines from Apple or Google. Apart from this, Apple banned the option of its own browser on the iPhone. The CMA said it was concerned that the ability of rival browsers to differentiate itself from Apple’s Safari was limited on features such as speed and functionality.

Apple said in a statement that it has created a safe and reliable experience through its ecosystem by providing users with love and a huge business opportunity for developers.

Google said that smartphones running on its Android operating system provide users and businesses with more options than any other mobile platform. Google’s Google Play Store has been the launchpad for millions of apps. A Google spokesperson said that “we continually review how we can best support developers and lastly responded promptly to the CMA’s feedback.” He added that “we will review the report and continue to move forward with the CMA.”

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