apple: UK launches investigation into Apple, Google’s mobile browser dominance

Britain’s competition watchdog has launched an in-depth investigation into the market dominance of mobile browsers by Apple and Google, months after the regulator began considering an investigation.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Tuesday that responses to its consultations from June revealed “significant support” for a fuller investigation into how iPhone maker Apple restricted cloud gaming through its App Store.

“Many UK companies and web developers tell us they feel constrained by the restrictions imposed by Apple and Google,” Sarah Cardell, interim chief executive of the CMA, said in a statement.

“We plan to investigate whether the concerns we heard are justified, and if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors.” In response to the CMA’s June plans, Google said it will continue to work with the IAEA.

Apple said on Tuesday that it will engage “constructively” with the Capital Markets Authority to explain how its approach “promotes competition and choice, while ensuring that consumers’ privacy and security are protected.”

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