UK watchdog investigate claims that Apple and Google rule the mobile world

@ 2022/11/24
Apparently no one noticed before

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.

After a year of looking at the situation the CMA concluded 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.

Now it seems that inquiry has begun and it should take 18 months -- quite how it takes 30 months to prove what a ten year old could work out is anyone's guess. "If" it finds that Apple and Google rule the mobile world it "might" 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. Apple and Google will appeal and years later pay a fine which will be so comparitively small that the pair will take less than two seconds to make the money in profits.

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