The new bill will allow developers to notify customers that they can purchase products elsewhere at a lower price.
A group of American lawmakers from both parties has submitted a bill to the Senate of the U.S. Congress that limits the ability of Apple and Google to set rules for using their app stores that infringe on free competition. Bloomberg reported this.
The initiative is designed to prohibit companies that own app stores from forcing developers of these applications to use exclusively the Apple or Google payment system to sell their products.
The new bill will allow developers to notify customers that they can purchase products elsewhere at a lower price and allow them to make alternative ways of installing applications on mobile devices available to users, bypassing the App Store or Google Play.
“This bill will remove the forced barriers in the mobile app economy that hinder competition, and this will give consumers more choice, and small technology companies – startups – a chance to succeed,” said one of the authors of the bill, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (from Connecticut).
The authors of the initiative expect that a similar bill will soon be submitted to the House of Representatives of Congress.