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Egypt news |  Science and Technology / 1.5 million applications may be removed by Google and Apple from their stores .. Know why

Egypt news | Science and Technology / 1.5 million applications may be removed by Google and Apple from their stores .. Know why

Earlier this year, Apple launchedThe Google Warning to developers about apps that haven’t been updated for a long time, according to multiple reports, Apple has sent notifications to some developers warning them that apps will be removed from the App Store if they haven’t been updated in a long period of time. Now, a report by the analytics firm Pixalate indicates that nearly 30% of the apps on the App Store and Play Store are at risk of removal, and according to the report, 1.5 million apps appear to have been “abandoned” between the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Store. In other words, it hasn’t been updated in more than two years, and the report also notes that “the categories of apps most likely to be abandoned: education, reference and games, which are often popular with children.” The Pixalate report also found that there are more than 314,000 apps that are “extremely abandoned,” meaning they haven’t been updated in over five years, and of those, 58% are on the Apple App Store (184,000) and 42% are on the Google Play Store. (130 thousand applications). Many developers have heeded the warning from Apple and Google, and the report notes that 1.3 million apps have been updated across the Google and Apple App Stores in the past six months, as of the end of the first quarter of 2022. Apple said it will remove the apps from the App Store, but users Those who have downloaded apps will remain unaffected as they will remain on their devices, and Apple stated on its App Improvements page “We are implementing an ongoing process to evaluate apps, remove apps that no longer work as intended, do not follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.” time”. Google also did something similar last month, in which Google said it was expanding its target level API requirements for the Play Store. What this means is that new apps and updates must “target at the Android API level within one year of the latest major Android OS release”, or they cannot be deployed.

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Why will “obsolete” apps be removed?

There are many reasons why these apps can be removed from the App Stores. With apps that are not updated, there is always a security risk. If the apps are not updated, they will not get security patches and they will also contain bugs that could be problematic. Also, if a developer is seeking revenue from advertisers, the app will need to be updated regularly.

When is the application expected to be removed?

In the warning email it sent to developers, Apple said it was giving them 30 days to update the apps or else they would be removed from the App Store. So it is not clear how and when Apple will remove the apps. On the other hand, Google clearly stated that “From November 1, 2022, existing apps that are not API-level targeting within two years of the latest major version of Android will no longer be available for discovery or installation for new users with devices running higher Android OS versions. From the API level target applications”.




Date: 05-14-2022