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Japan, Europe and US app developers tie up to check IT giants

Google and Apple targeted over their dominance in distributing mobile apps

Digital service companies are pushing harder for the ability to distribute their apps to smartphone users without having to go through Apple or Google.

TOKYO -- Smartphone app providers in Japan, Europe and the U.S. will work together in a bid to curb the influence wielded by tech giants such as Apple and Google, Nikkei has learned.

Japan's Mobile Content Forum, which is made up of around 80 app service companies, will join forces with the European Games Developer Federation. Together they intend to look into whether Apple and Google, both of which own powerful app distribution platforms that run on their smartphone operating systems, are pressuring smaller app providers.

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