Platform Competition

EU Parliament Research Shows a Growing App Economy

EU Parliament Research Shows a Growing App Economy

2018 marks the ten year anniversary of the app ecosystem. In 2008 both Apple’s App Store and Google Play were launched, radically changing the way consumers interface with their devices.

​​​​​Since then, the app economy has grown significantly and at a very fast pace, as shown by the latest report on the state of play in the EU app economy, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) earlier this month.

SMEs and Indie Developers Want Predictability, Not Favors

SMEs and Indie Developers Want Predictability, Not Favors

Near the end of the survey, we asked developer and publishers for advice they would want to pass to the platforms they work with. What was instructive in their comments was that no one said they wanted a handout. There weren’t complaints about bigger businesses, or the competition for time and resources where they are frequently deprioritized. There weren’t requests for special favors or “fairer” treatment. They believe the system in which they operate is working, not in need of overhaul.

Mobile Developers & Publishers Have Overwhelmingly Positive View of Platforms

Mobile Developers & Publishers Have Overwhelmingly Positive View of Platforms

In response to the European Commission’s announcement of the intention to introduce new legislation to govern the relationship between platforms and businesses, the Developers Alliance conducted a survey of European-based developers and publishers to examine the need for such intervention. Over the course of several weeks in October 2017, we surveyed over 110 European-based developers and publishers on their experiences.

The Next Challenges for the EU Mobile Economy

The Next Challenges for the EU Mobile Economy

On 27 June, the Developers Alliance organized a Tech Policy Dialogue on “The Next Challenges for the EU Mobile Economy” in Brussels.  The session brought together representatives from the EU institutions and the industry to explore the state of competition in Europe and  discuss the role of government in the app marketplace.

The Future of Mobile Innovation is Bright

The Future of Mobile Innovation is Bright

When, two years ago, the European Commission announced its investigation on the Google practices in the mobile ecosystem, the authority prophesied that the Android’s owner was stifling innovation.
 
Since 2015, the reality is different. Innovation in the mobile sector is thriving, as proven by various studies: the Ericsson Mobility Report, from November 2016, recorded...