The Competition and Markets Authority published a report on a year-long study into the market power of Google and Apple with their respective mobile ecosystems. The CMA found Apple and Google are effectively operating a duopoly giving them an unfair advantage over areas such as mobile operating systems, app stores and web browsers. The report recognises devices and operating systems have to meet privacy, security and other legal requirements, as do developers of apps made available on app stores. Furthermore, the report identified that "privacy and security are the most important reason for purchasing an iOS smartphone for only 6% of users, and the second and third most important reason for 7% and 8%, respectively." The CMA said it is considering launching an investigation into Apple and Google over their dominance of the mobile browser market.
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