The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said measures are needed to address Apple and Google’s app store dominance.
“Apple and Google don’t only run the app marketplaces, they also compete within them with their own apps,” said the chairman Rod Sims.
The ACCC on Wednesday suggested giving users and developers more control over purchases.
It’s the latest move by Australia to rein in big tech’s market power.
The global dominance of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store has been criticised by app makers for mandatory revenue sharing payments.
“The ACCC is also concerned with restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which mean developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google’s own payment systems for any in-app purchases,” Mr Sims said.
The competition watchdog recommended allowing users to remove and replace Apple and Google’s pre-installed apps from their phones.
App developers should have more information about how their apps are made discoverable, while the two tech giants should be prevented from using data collected from their app stores to promote their own apps, the ACCC said.