Apple investigated by Japanese regulator for pressuring competitor

Apple investigated by Japanese regulator for pressuring competitor
Japan’s Fair Trade Commission is looking into a case about alleged attempts by Apple to hinder the development of Yahoo Japan’s online game portal, called Game Plus. The portal is competing with Apple’s App Store by allowing users to play games without downloading any apps.

The Game Plus services are web-based and the gaming experience is provided via direct streaming from the developer’s servers. This allows users to completely bypass the App Store, meaning Apple is losing potential revenue. The platform has over 60 million active users (almost half of the country's population), but last year Yahoo Japan reduced its budget significantly and has cut on marketing expenses. Despite that, the developers are continuing to add new games.

The Commission is also working on another Apple case. In it, the Regulator is investigating if the company violated antitrust laws by requiring that Japanese carriers sell iPhones for lower initial price but higher monthly payments. According to the FTC this practice denies users a fair choice by misrepresenting the overall price of the device.

Fair or not, whatever Apple is doing in Japan seems to be paying off, the company has almost 70% of the mobile market in the Asian country, according to GlobalStats, which is the highest percentage globally.

source: Reuters

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13 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4324; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"Fair or not, whatever Apple is doing in Japan seems to be paying off..." Cringeworthy support, PA. Nice work.

2. whatev

Posts: 2413; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

In the most developed or advanced countries iOS has the biggest market share, and what you quoted is a fact and not what you’re trying to imply

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1473; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Which countries would that be then?

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Definitely not the one where you are from.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Definitely not the one where you are from either

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1473; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You'd be right, I'm originally from the Netherlands where Android leads. Just like pretty much every other country in the world.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

How do you know that? what country are you from? Agreeing with a false statement, actually shows who really is not so smart. I don't know which one of you are the "least educated". The one who made the false statement, or the fact you agreed with it.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Very good question, which they could not factually answer. he's 100% wrong anyways, so it doesn't even matter. They love being wrong.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No they don't, most developed countries Android has the biggest marketshare. But mostly they are very close to each other anyway. But overall Android has the bigger market share in developed countries.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1108; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Like the USA? Yeah! Now that I you said it, I see that you are absolutely right. And to think that I was thinking that that is true of Apple and market shares only in ostentatious societies.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

False. Top 10 most developed countries are as follows: 1 - United States of America - Android 54% vs iOS 43% 2 - China - Android 59% vs iOS 39% 3 - Japan - Android 60ish% vs 40ish% 4 - Germany - Android 67% vs iOS 29.9% 5 - United Kingdom - Android 53% vs iOS 44% 6 - India - Android 90.9% vs IOS 2.8% 7 - France - Android 64% vs iOS 34% 8 - Brazil - Android 85% vs IOS 11% 9 - Italy - Windows 41%, Android 31%, ioS 12% 10 - Canada - iOS 53% vs Android 45% So it seems based on facts, which fanboys never have right, "most developed or advanced countries" Android actually has the biggest market-share. How do you guys can ever think, when you consider that in most countries in the world, the majority simply cannot afford an iPhone. In fact the only reason US citizens can afford an iPhone is because carriers subsidize the price and allow you to pay for it with monthly payments. Without this, the iPhone would be less than 10% marketshare. Because no one with a minimum wage job could afford the cash price of an iPhone.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Apple has the largest marketshare with yuppies and teenagers, who's parents buy them phones. Example, my neighbor has 2 teens, the older just started college. He got a good deal with ATT for Fiber, Direct TV OnDemand, and got 4 brand new iPhone's (2 X's and 2 8's) on a bill for $330 with discounts. Poor people buy iPhone more than rich people. Just as they do with Android. In fact, if poor people didn't have iPhone's, according to facts, only 2% of the US is considered rich. So who is buying all those other iPhone's? POOR PEOPLE by definition.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I was about to quote the same thing. doesn't matter if Apple is breaking any laws. All that matters is Apple is 70% market. Seems Apple can do know wrong on this site. So selling a phone cheaper, but make them pay higher monthly payments? So the payments still don't total more than what they pay for the phone though. Right? But if the price of the phone is lower, shouldn't also the payment?

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