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UK confirms antitrust probe of Android-iOS ‘mobile duopoly’ focused on browsers and cloud gaming  

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The UK’s antitrust watchdog has moved to deepen its scrutiny of the Apple and Google mobile duopoly — kicking off an in-depth investigation into elements of the pair’s mobile ecosystem dominance by probing their approach toward rival mobile browsers and cloud gaming services which it’s concerned could be restricting competition and harming consumers. The move follows a market study conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) last year that led to a final report this summer which concluded there are substantial competition concerns — with the regulator finding the tech giants have what it described as “an effective duopoly on mobile ecosystems that allows them to exercise a stranglehold over operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices”. At the same time, the CMA proposed to undertake what’s known as a market investigation reference (MIR) with two points of focus: One looking at Apple’s and Google’s market power in mobile browsers; and another probing Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming through its App Store. UK’s antitrust watchdog finally eyes action on Apple, Google mobile duopoly That proposal for an MIR kicked off a standard consultation process, with the regulator seeking feedback on the scope of its proposed probe, and today it’s confirmed the decision to make a market investigation — opening what’s referred to as a ‘Phase 2’ (in-depth) investigation which could take up to 18 months to complete. The probe will focus on the supply of mobile browsers and browser engines; and the distribution of cloud gaming services through app stores on mobile devices, the CMA said today.

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UK confirms antitrust probe of Android-iOS ‘mobile duopoly’ focused on browsers and cloud gaming

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