THE HAGUE, May 5 – The Dutch consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it had launched a preliminary investigation into Google’s Play Store for apps, months after it targeted fellow tech giant Apple.
The Match Group, owner of dating site Tinder, filed a complaint claiming that Google only allowed its own payment system to be used when buying apps, the Consumers and Markets Authority has said. .
Google Play is used to purchase applications for use on smartphones and tablets using Google’s Android system, which together with Apple dominates the global market.
“We have received a complaint very recently, and we will see if there is reason to open a formal investigation,” Dutch regulator spokesman Murco Mijnlieff told AFP.
The process “could take years” but the competition watchdog “may be able to get results faster due to possible resemblance to Apple,” he added.
The Netherlands fined Apple a total of €50 million (RM231.3 million) between January and March this year for similar terms relating to payments on Apple’s App Store.
The watchdog said app developers should be able to use payment systems other than Apple’s.
Apple still hasn’t complied and the Dutch regulator is now considering another fine, Mijnlieff said.
The Silicon Valley giants have repeatedly run into issues in the United States and Europe over alleged anti-competitive behavior.
The EU on Friday formally accused Apple of unfairly squeezing out rivals from music streaming. —AFP