LONDON – Today, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its final report on mobile app ecosystems, concluding Apple and Google’s duopoly forces app and web developers to “face restrictions and terms that they have little choice but to accept”. The report is a critical step toward achieving a competitive and fair online app marketplace.
“The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) welcomes the CMA report which highlights the need for app store reform not only in the UK but across the globe,” said Coalition for App Fairness executive director Rick VanMeter. “Today’s report makes it clear that the anticompetitive practices within the app store ecosystem are detrimental to consumer choice and limit developer innovation. We strongly agree with the CMA’s conclusion that due to Apple and Google’s ‘tight grip’ on operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices, consumers are more likely to miss out on new innovations, have less choice, and face higher prices.”
About the Coalition for App Fairness
The Coalition for App Fairness is an independent nonprofit organization formed to protect consumer choice, foster competition, and create a level playing field for all app and game developers globally. Originally formed by Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Proton, Skydemon, Spotify, and Tile, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 60 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.
June 10, 2022