After India’s CCI, Google is under the UK CMA’s radar because of the dominance of mobile browsers

News Summary:

  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said Tuesday that responses to its June consultation showed “significant support” for a deeper investigation into the matter and how iPhone maker Apple restricts cloud gaming through its app store.

  • Britain’s competition watchdog has launched an in-depth investigation into the market dominance of Apple’s (AAPL.O) and Google’s (GOOGL.O) mobile browsers, months after the regulator began considering an investigation.

“Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel they are being held back by the restrictions imposed by Apple and Google,” said Sarah Cardell, interim chief executive of the CMA, in a statement.

In response to the CMA’s plans in June, Google had said it would continue to cooperate with the watchdog.

“We intend to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are valid and, if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors.”

Apple said Tuesday that it would work “constructively” with the CMA to explain how its approach “promotes competition and choice while protecting consumer privacy and security.”

Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the latest developments.