Britain’s competition watchdog said it was planning to investigate the market dominance of Apple Inc and Google’s mobile browsers, as well as the iPhone maker’s restrictions on cloud gaming through its app store.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is also taking enforcement action against Alphabet Inc’s Google over its app store payment practices.
It said the two tech giants had an “effective duopoly” on mobile ecosystems that gave them a stranglehold on operating systems, app stores, and web browsers. 97% of all mobile web browsing in Britain last year was powered by either Apple’s or Google’s browser engine.
The regulator is worried about Apple blocking the emergence of cloud gaming services, which allow high-quality games to be streamed rather than individually downloaded.
Google says it will continue to engage constructively with the CMA to explain how its approach promotes competition and choice.