The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced earlier this year that it was consulting on a possible investigation into Google and Apple’s dominance in the mobile phone market.
The regulator has now announced that its proposals have received “widespread support” and that it has launched a market investigation into the two tech giants’ “duopoly” in cloud gaming and mobile browsers.
“Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions i0-lopset by Apple and Google,” said the CMA’s interim chief executive, Sarah Cardell in a statement.
“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.”
Apple and Google have a “stranglehold” on mobile device operating systems, app stores, and browsers, according to the CMA.
According to the report, 97 percent of UK web browsing in 2021 will take place on Apple or Google’s browser engines, “so any restrictions on these engines can have a significant impact on users’ experiences.”
It also stated that there are 800,000 UK users of cloud gaming services, but that “restrictions on their distribution could hamper growth in this sector.”
According to the CMA, many responses to its previous consultation came from browser vendors, web developers, and cloud gaming services.
Web page bugs and glitches, in particular, irritated developers, leaving them “no choice but to create bespoke mobile apps when a website might be sufficient.”
The UK authority has recently been a thorn in the side of technology companies. It recently forced Meta to sell EWQGiphy after the former lost an appeal, is investigating Google separately over ad competition, and is investigating Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
“Market investigations can result in changes to companies’ behavior and restrictions, which improve competition and lead to more choice for consumers and higher-quality products,” it said of its most recent investigation.