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April 28, 2021

Australia Blocks App Store & Play Store Dominance

 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for various measures to be taken to overcome the dominance of Apple and Google's App Store and Play Store.

“Apple and Google don’t just run an app store, they also compete with each other with their own apps,” said ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

The ACCC today proposed to give consumers and developers more control over any purchases in the store.

That is the latest move Australia has taken to curb the dominance of technology giants.

The global dominance of the App Store and Play Store has been heavily criticized by app developers over the issue of mandatory revenue -sharing payments.

"The ACCC is also concerned about restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which means developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google's payment systems for any in -app purchases," said Sims.

In addition, the ACCC also recommends that users be able to delete and replace existing Apple and Google installed applications from their smartphones.

App developers need to have more information on how easy their apps are for users to find while the two giants involved should be banned from using data collected from their app stores to promote their own apps.

Earlier this month, Google and Apple allegedly blocked access to app developers and charged commissions as high as 30% for paid apps.

The latest move comes months after Australia became the first country in the world to pass a law directing Facebook and Google to pay for news content on their platforms.