Competition watchdog investigates Apple and Google’s dominance in mobile phone systems

The competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple and Google’s dominance of mobile phone operating systems, and whether it could hurt consumers.

The Competition and Markets Authority will also look into the presence of the two companies in the app and web browser markets, to see whether their hefty presence is stifling competition, imposing harsh terms on small businesses such as app developers, or ripping off consumers.

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It is the CMA’s latest probe in a series focused on big tech companies, as it sets up a new Digital Markets Unit. The unit’s work will be informed by the results of the market study, as part of the CMA’s efforts to establish a new pro-competition regulatory regime. Continue reading….

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