(Yicai Global) Aug. 11 -- Apple Inc. [NASDAQ:AAPL] has responded to accusations of monopolistic behavior related to its App Store, stating that most apps submitted by Chinese companies are reviewed and passed within 48 hours or less.
The company applies its App Store guidelines equally to all developers, Chinanews.com quoted the smartphone giant as saying. Developers may also file a complaint and submit a new review application to the App Store to help expedite the release of their apps if it has been rejected or removed.
Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm recently reported the tech juggernaut to the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce for allegedly abusing its dominant market position by refusing transactions, discriminating against Chinese developers and over-pricing. It is the first time that Apple has been subject to such an anti-monopoly complaint in China.
The accusations focus on Apple's mandatory removal of certain apps and the 30 percent commission collected on others, the Beijing News reported.
Apple does not provide reasonable basis or room for negotiation on the 30 percent commission requirement, Dare & Sure said.
There are also concerns that company is not legally registered in China, which is a legal requirement for providing online content in the country, the Financial Times reported, quoting Qi Huan, head of think tank the China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment.Keywords: Apple, NDRC, App Store, App Developer, Litigation