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The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority launched an investigation into AppleGoogle

The authority will explore the companies’ “stranglehold” over browsing, as well as Apple’s control over cloud gaming through the App Store, it said in a release. The authority said Google and Apple powered 97% of all web browsing that took place in the U.K. in 2021.

Representatives from Google and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Web developers, cloud gaming service providers and browser vendors have offered “substantial support” for the investigation, according to the results of a June consultation released by the authority. They claim the status quo limits innovation and has been adding “unnecessary costs” to their businesses.

Developers also complained that Apple’s restrictions make it difficult to build innovative new apps for U.K. consumers, and that they are forced to contend with glitches and bugs while building web pages.

Sarah Cardell, interim Chief Executive of the CMA, said in the release that the authority plans to use its powers to tackle problems where it can.

“Many U.K. businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions set by Apple and Google,” she said. “We plan to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are justified and, if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors.”

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