Australian watchdog to scrutinise Google, Apple app shops

Sydney, September 8

The Australian competitors watchdog on Tuesday stated it will study the extent of competitors between Google Play Store and Apple App Stores and whether or not extra pricing transparency was wanted within the cell apps market within the nation.

In a press release, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) stated they have been “interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple, as a result of their control of the major app stores”.

“Apps have become essential tools for daily living for many Australian consumers, a trend that is likely to have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apps are, in turn, increasingly important for businesses as they promote, grow and run their enterprises,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard stated.

The ACCC has additionally launched an points paper in search of views and suggestions from app builders and suppliers. A closing report is predicted in March subsequent yr.

The work is a part of a five-year ACCC inquiry which can produce reviews each six months inspecting markets for the availability of digital platform companies in Australia.

“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,” Rickard stated.

“We will also focus on the extent of competition between the major online app stores, and how they compete for app sales with other app providers,” he added.

While there are numerous app shops or marketplaces, app gross sales are dominated by the Apple App Store, for iOS, and the Google Play Store, for Android units.

“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,” Rickard stated.

On April 20, the Australian authorities directed the ACCC to develop a compulsory code of conduct to handle bargaining energy imbalances between Australian information media companies and every of Google and Facebook.

The draft code known as ‘News Media Bargaining Code’ would enable information media companies to discount individually or collectively with Google and Facebook over the cost for the inclusion of reports on their companies. IANS

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