The days of outdated and neglected apps on the Google Play Store are coming to an end, as Google wants to remove apps that haven’t been updated in two years.
Apple took similar measures in its App Store in April, warning developers that it would remove apps that were not updated during a significant period. Developers are given 30 days to update their applications to meet the requirements.
On the Google Play Store, apps affected by this decision will be hidden from search results or removed altogether. However, that will not happen before November 1, when Android 13 is expected to be available on Google Pixel phones.
The reason why these measures are implemented is to protect users from installing applications that may not have the latest security features and options.
According to analysts firm Pixalate, 68 percent of apps from the Play Store and App Store have been updated in the last two years. That’s more than 3.1 million apps.