The authority will investigate the companies’ “squeeze” on web browsing, as well as Apple’s control over cloud gaming through the App Store. he said in the message. The agency said that Google and Apple accounted for 97% of all web browsing that occurred in the UK in 2021.
Web developers, cloud gaming service providers and browser vendors offered “substantial support” to the inquiry, according to the results of a June consultation published by the authority. They say the current state of affairs is stifling innovation and adding “unnecessary costs” to their business.
Developers have also complained that Apple’s restrictions make it difficult to create innovative new apps for British consumers, and that they are forced to contend with glitches and errors when building websites.
Sarah Cardell, the CMA’s interim chief executive, said in a statement that the authority plans to use its powers to address issues where possible.
“Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel held back by the restrictions imposed by Apple and Google,” she said. “We plan to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are justified and, if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these industries.”
A Google spokesperson said: “Android gives people more choice of apps and app stores than any other mobile platform. It also allows developers to choose the browser engine they want and has been the launchpad for millions of apps. building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers build successful businesses.“
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.