The British competition regulator said it would investigate whether Apple and Google’s dominance of mobile operating systems, application stores and web browsers harmed consumers, and launched the latest investigation into these two technology giants.
The Competition and Markets Authority stated that it will conduct “market research” on the matter to understand whether this effective duopoly is stifling competition and deceiving consumers, or harming businesses such as application developers.
Governments around the world are considering strengthening the supervision of the US technology giants that have become stronger during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have conducted multiple surveys of their market positions around the world, including in the United States and the European Union.
The United Kingdom is setting up a dedicated department within the CMA to control technology giants and encourage digital competition, but said it needs to start investigating the Android systems powered by iPhone manufacturers Apple and Google as soon as possible.
CMA Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli said in a statement on Tuesday: “Our ongoing large-scale technology work has identified some worrying trends, and we know that consumers and businesses may be harmed if they are not controlled.
The CMA stated that the new research on the mobile ecosystem will be broader than some of the other competitive investigations it has conducted on Apple’s App Store and Google’s privacy sandbox.
Last year, the CMA concluded its investigation of digital advertising and concluded that Google and Facebook have established impeccable market positions, and both account for nearly 80% of digital advertising expenditures in the UK. Therefore, it recommends regulatory reforms.
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