And now, it caught the attention of Australia’s competition watchdog and issued an inquiry about Apple and Google’s way of handling their app stores for iOS and Android devices.
On Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that it would be asking for the cooperation of both marketplace owners concerning how they use and share their data.
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The commission is requesting an examination on Google and Apple's app store. It focuses on the linking of the products on their marketplace and its impact on competition between businesses. Moreover, ACCC will also be tapping on the collected fees and the transparency of the companies.
One of the highlights of the inquiry is the issues regarding the complaint against the app stores. It also includes the controversial store policies of Google and Apple, taking 15% and 30% of each in-app transactions.
Additionally, the commission also takes notes of the dispute between the developer of Fortnite, Epic Games, and Google and Apple.
The Epic battle game was banned on both app stores after the developer tried to set aside the 30% charge policy and adding its own direct payment. Epic’s payment service omitted the fee and resulted in getting the issue into the court.
Delia Rickard, deputy chair of ACCC, said that the growth of businesses is rapidly becoming engaged in apps.
“We want to know more about the market for mobile apps in Australia, including how transparent and effective the market is, for consumers as well as those operating in the market,” said Rickard.
“For app developers and suppliers, gaining a spot in one of the major app stores can result in significant sales, while failing to gain access can be a major setback. We are keen to provide greater transparency on how this process works.”
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Google has responded to this lightly, accepting the request for its cooperation. Its spokesman said that the company would participate with the ACCC, noting that it has been doing since the inquiry was released.
“In the interest of transparency, we’ve been open to dozens of meetings on request and provided thousands of documents to assist in the process,” he said.
Meanwhile, Apple has not yet issued any comment regarding the matter.
According to The Guardian's, the submission of consumers and developers to the inquiry is by October 2. In addition, the report will be released in March 2021.