In order to prevent users from installing apps that may not have the latest privacy and security features, Google and Apple are seeking to remove apps that have not been updated in the past two years. . Apple and Google’s latest policy change could remove around 869,000 apps from the Google Play Store and around 650,000 iOS apps from the App Store, according to a report by Pixalate.
Google recently cracked down on apps that haven’t followed the store’s policies for a long time. The company recently banned 190,000 malicious developers from the Play Store. The search giant is also looking to introduce new restrictions to prevent the installation of downloaded apps.
According to the Pixalate report, 68% of Google Play Store and App Store apps received an update in the past two years. To put that into perspective, almost 3.1 million apps on Play Store and App Store have received updates and therefore comply with the new rules. The report estimates that nearly 869,000 apps on the Google Play Store and around 650,000 apps on the App Store are at risk of being affected as they have not been updated in the past two years. This equates to almost a third of Google Play Store and App Store apps combined.
While Google has asked developers to update their apps at least once in the past two years, Apple’s policy change isn’t clear enough. The latter says it would remove apps that were “updated within a significant amount of time” from the App Store. Apple has given developers 90 days to update their apps.
Google’s new policy change will go into effect when Android 13 officially releases for Pixel devices. As a result of the changes, outdated Android apps may be removed or hidden from search results.
Unless outdated apps are removed from the store, users using them can continue to use them if they wish.
Source: CNET via Android Central