In a recent report, the firm Pixalate, indicates that more than 1.5 million applications from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store have not been updated for 2 years and more. They could suffer serious repercussions very soon.
- Apple should remove many applications soon
- On the Google Play Store, applications older than 2 years disappear from the search tool
- Only 28% of apps on the App Store and Google Play Store have been updated recently
The purge is coming soon at Apple
According to the Pixalate report, the App Store has around 650,000 applications that have not been updated for over 2 years. If Apple hasn’t removed them yet, it’s probably because they don’t threaten users’ personal data and are still functional on its newer devices and iOS. The last mass deletion from the App Store was in 2016. That year, more than 150,000 apps said goodbye to iPeople!
Last April, several developers protested on Twitter because of an email sent by the Cupertino company. Titled “App Improvement Notice”, the email warned that the company would remove apps that have not been “updated for a long time” from the App Store without giving further details.
2 years maximum suspension on the Play Store
Nearly 869,000 applications are in the hot seat on the Play Store. Google’s policy is clearer: if an app hasn’t been updated for two years, it won’t show up in Play Store search results. Android users will however be able to find their “old apps” elsewhere and download them from alternative stores.
Pixalate’s report further indicates that only 28% of apps on the App Store and Google Play Store have been updated in the last six months. The most downloaded applications are among them. 84% of applications that have more than 100 million downloads have been updated in the last 6 months.
Suffice to say that the risk of your favorite application being deleted overnight is therefore quite low. Do you have any Play Store or App Store relics on your phone that are in danger of going down the drain?