Earlier this year, Apple And Google Developers have been warned about apps that have not been updated for a long time. According to multiple reports, Apple sent notices to some developers and warned them that the apps would be removed. App Store If they have not been updated in significant time. Now, a report by analytics firm Pixalat suggests that about 30% of apps and Play Store There is a risk of getting away.
According to the report, between 1.5 million apps Google Play Store And Apple App Store Seems to be “abandoned”. In other words, they haven’t been updated in two years. The report further states that “application categories are likely to be omitted: education, context and games, which are often popular with children.”
Pixalat’s report also found that there are more than 314,000 “super-bonded” apps, meaning they haven’t been updated in over five years. Of these, 58% are on the Apple App Store (184k apps) and 42% on the Google Play Store (130k apps).
Many developers heeded Apple and Google’s warning. The report indicates that by the end of Q1 2022, 1.3 million apps have been updated across Google and Apple App Stores in the last six months.
Apple has said it will remove apps from the App Store but users who have downloaded the apps will be unaffected because they will be on their devices.
On its App Improvements page, Apple stated that “we are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing applications that no longer function as intended, do not follow the current review guidelines or are outdated.”
Google did something similar last month. Google said it is expanding the Play Store’s Target Level API requirements. This means that new apps and updates have to be “targeted” already Android API level within one year of the release of the latest major Android OS version, “or it cannot be published.
Why ‘Abandoned’ Apps Will Be Removed?
There are multiple reasons to remove these apps from two App Stores. With apps that have not been updated, there is always a security risk. Apps do not receive security patches if they are not updated and may contain bugs that can be problematic. Also, if a developer wants to earn revenue from advertisers, the application will need to be updated regularly.
When are applications expected to be removed?
In a warning email to developers, Apple said it was giving them 30 days to update the apps or they would be removed from the App Store. So it’s not clear when and how Apple will remove the apps. Google, on the other hand, explicitly states that “starting November 1, 2022, existing apps that do not target API level within two years of the latest major Android release version will not be available for search or installation for new users.” Apps running devices running Android OS versions above the target API level. ”