Joe Hindy / Android Authority
- Google is preparing to purge nearly 900,000 apps from the Play Store.
- The applications in question have not been updated for at least two years.
- Apple is taking similar action on the App Store.
The Google Play Store could see the number of available apps drop by nearly a third as Google prepares to purge apps that haven’t been updated.
Both Google and Apple have unveiled measures to deal with abandoned apps or apps that haven’t been updated for two years. In Google’s case, that’s 869,000 apps, while Apple has about 650,000. CBSGoogle is preparing to hide these apps, preventing users from downloading them until developers update them.
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The main reason why both companies take these measures is to protect the security of their users. Older apps don’t take advantage of Android and iOS changes, new APIs, or new development methods that provide improved protection. Therefore, older apps may have security vulnerabilities that newer apps do not.
At the same time, some developers have complained about plans to remove apps that haven’t been updated for two years. In some cases, like independent game creators, there is very little to do once a simple game has been created and published. These developers feel that the actions of Apple and Google place an unfair burden on them.
Either way, neither company seems willing to change course, and despite concerns from indie developers, it’s the right call for user safety.