UK competition watchdog investigates Apple and Google ‘stranglehold’ over the mobile market


The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market investigation into cloud gaming and mobile browsers after its study found Apple and Google constitute a duopoly that controls the mobile ecosystem.

The CMA in June concluded a year-long study of the market for mobile software, hardware, and services. Based on its findings – that Apple and Google have “a stranglehold over operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices” – the UK competition watchdog said at the time that it intended to escalate by opening a formal investigation.

That inquiry has now begun and it should conclude in no more than 18 months. At that point, the CMA may choose to impose remedies, such as demanding a change in the way certain products are sold, requiring the divestment of business units, or insisting upon the removal of anti-competitive restrictions.

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