Regulation escalation: The CMA is redoubling its efforts to litigate the two based on its 356-page report focusing on anticompetitive findings for mobile operating systems and apps.
Apple and Google respond: Both companies were quick to comment on the allegations and the results of the report.
Building a stronger case: The CMA has long been investigating the mobile OS duopoly and its “vice-like grip” resulting in a lack of customer choice and higher prices than a more competitive market could offer.
What’s next? The CMA is waiting for the government to pass legislation to give it the power to enforce more intervention, but there have been delays. UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the government would be pushing this through as soon as possible.
What’s the catch? Expect Apple and Google to sandbag regulatory efforts through lobbying, legal appeals, and stressing the need for controls for security and innovation.
Regulators might have to pick their battles to gain headway. The CMA has already investigated Apple and decided it restricts cloud gaming through its App Store and is anticompetitive.
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