Australia’s competition authority is Google GOOGL, which operates the world’s largest app stores. He and Apple’s AAPL. He warned that if they did not take steps to address concerns from the industry, they could be subject to new regulations that would tie up app stores.
Apple and Google have almost certain dominance over the app store, which is used to install apps on phones and tablets that use operating systems. Software developers who have to sell their apps from these stores complain that Apple and Google receive a share of software or subscription revenue and other restrictive rules.
In its digital platform services interim review report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) asked Apple and Google to allow software developers and companies to receive payments from consumers through other means. It also said data collected about app sales should be stored separately from other activities of the two companies.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s competition body is set to accuse Apple of acting in an anti-competitive manner in its app store following a complaint from Sweden’s Spotify.
The EU’s charge later this week could lead to Apple being fined up to 10% of its revenues and changing to its lucrative business model, a source said.
Swedish mobile music and podcast publisher Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission in 2019, saying apple’s rules in its mobile app store led to unfair competition against Spotify and other music apps and in favor of Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music.
The European Commission is conducting four separate investigations against Apple, including Spotify’s complaint.