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UK authorities investigate Apple and Google over mobile browsers and cloud gaming


What just happened? Developers have long complained about Apple's and Google's control over mobile web browsers and Apple's cloud gaming restrictions. Regulators in the UK signaled they were aware of these complaints this past summer, but now they have sufficient cause to launch a formal investigation into the mobile giants' policies.

This week, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the start of a market investigation into Apple's and Google's rules concerning iOS and Android web browsers, respectively. The CMA will also delve into Apple's refusal to allow cloud gaming apps onto its App Store.

Apple iPhone and iPad users have plenty of web browser options besides Apple's Safari. However, the Cupertino gatekeepers require them to run on Safari's WebKit browser engine. Likewise, Google maintains a similar environment with its Chromium engine on Android (most Windows browsers also run on ...


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