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Apple, Google face legal pressure over UK mobile services dominance

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Apple faces yet more regulation as the UK’s competition watchdog launches an investigation into how Apple and Google dominate the market for mobile services.

Control the internet by controlling the browsers

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it will now investigate both companies for their dominance around browsers, app stores, and cloud gaming.

For insight into that dominance, the CMA points out that 97% of all UK mobile web browsing makes use of either Apple or Google’s browser engine.

The regulator published an initial report in June.

Now it has decided to proceed to a full investigation as browser vendors, web developers, and cloud gaming service providers have complained that the status quo limits innovation and raises costs. As we know, both Apple and Google argue the controls they put in place are designed to protect users.

There are two primary cores to the complaints: the impact of browser control on web developers and that of App Store control on cloud games distribution.

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