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- The Google Play Store looks set to crack down on nearly 900,000 neglected apps as part of a recent policy change.
- Android apps that haven’t received an update for two years will be removed from the Play Store.
- Apple is also taking similar steps to deal with abandoned apps on the App Store.
The days of outdated apps on the Google Play Store are coming to an end as Google seeks to remove apps that haven’t been updated for two years.
This potential consequence is the result of Google Play’s recent policy change to rid the App Market of discontinued apps or those that haven’t received a single update in two years. According to CBSwhich cites a report by analyst firm Pixalate, this represents approximately 869,000 applications in the case of the Play Store.
Android Central could not immediately reach Google for comment.
Apple unveiled similar measures in April, warning developers that it would remove apps that haven’t been “updated in a while” from the App Store (via The edge). Developers had 30 days to update their apps for compliance.
There are around 650,000 outdated apps on the App Store. When combined, these numbers represent a third of the total number of apps available on both platforms.
Affected apps will either be hidden from search results or removed entirely. But that won’t happen until November 1, when Android 13 is expected to hit Google’s Pixel phones. The reason for the measures is to “protect users from installing apps that may not have the latest privacy and security features,” Google explained last month.
This makes sense given that outdated apps don’t benefit from the most recent Android and iOS changes that boost security, among other improvements. This makes older apps more susceptible to security vulnerabilities.
Fortunately, the search giant noted that “the vast majority of apps on Google Play already meet these standards.” According to Pixalate’s report, 68% of apps on the Play Store and App Store have been updated in the past two years. That equates to over 3.1 million apps.