To compile its report, Pixalate crawled through both the App Store and Play Store looking for what it has deemed abandoned apps or those that have gone two or more years without being updated. The analytics firm found over 1.5m abandoned apps among the more than five million apps it examined. Find, select, rank and deploy B2B technologies for the Energy . While both mobile app stores are filled with abandoned apps, Pixalate only found 1.3m recently updated apps that had been updated in the past six months. Although outdated apps pose a significant security risk to end users, there’s no need to worry as both Apple and Google have plans to take action on the issue.
According to the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, there are presently more old apps than frequently updated apps. The Abandoned Mobile Apps Report from the analytics firm Pixalate demonstrates that Apple’s recent declaration that it will soon begin removing apps that haven’t been updated in a long time makes a lot of sense, despite the fact that it wasn’t warmly received by developers.
Meanwhile, Google announced back in April that it would begin removing outdated Android apps at the end of this year. Unlike Apple though, the search giant will hide app pages and block installations on Android smartphones running a version of the mobile operating system that is higher or outside two years of the app’s target API level.
For instance, Apple recently updated its App Store policy to classify apps that have gone three years without updates as abandoned. The iPhone maker has said that it will begin removing them along with apps that have failed to reach a certain number of downloads over the past year. > Your favorite iOS apps could be deleted from the App Store under new rules Once Apple flags an app as outdated, its developers will have 90 days to make changes to the app in question before it’s removed from the App Store. However, outdated apps will only be removed from the company’s store and not from users’ devices.
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