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U.S. Senate hearing to discuss whether Apple and Google App Store monopolize manufacturers' complaints

via:博客园     time:2021/4/22 15:12:56     readed:148

On April 22, a special committee of the U.S. Senate held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the market dominance of apple and Google's mobile app store, and asked whether the two companies abused their power to harm the interests of smaller competitors.


App developers such as spotify and tinder, the parent company of music services, and match group, the developer of dating services, have long complained about the existence of anti competitive behavior in terms of the mandatory Commission on digital product revenue, the strict access rules formulated by Apple App store, and Google App store.

Executives from apple and Google both told senators that strict control and revenue sharing of the company's app stores are necessary in order to maintain the operation of the app store and provide security measures for payment to protect consumers from harmful applications and behaviors.

According to SAIN's testimony, both Google and apple charge 30% for digital business transactions, which greatly increases the price of services purchased by consumers.

Match, which pays nearly $500m a year to these app stores, is one of the company's biggest expenses, says Mr SAIN.


SAIN said Apple would not explain how to solve the problem. Apple approved the update two months later, he said, after senior executives of match's then parent IAC personally raised the issue with Apple executives.

The day before the hearing, Apple released airtag, a smart device that can be hung on small items such as car keys to prevent things from being lost. However, tile has been selling similar tracking devices for more than ten years, which forms a direct competition with tile's products.

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