The Google Play Store could reduce the number of available apps by almost a third Google prepares to delete outdated apps. Google and Apple will take action to fix old apps or apps that haven’t received updates for two years. At Google, that’s 869,000 applications, at Apple around 650,000. According to CNET, Google is preparing to hide these apps so users won’t be able to download them until developers update them.
The main reason why both companies are taking these measures is to protect the security of their users. Legacy applications don’t take advantage of Android and iOS changes, new APIs, or new development methods that provide enhanced protection. As a result, older applications can have security issues that newer applications don’t.
Google will remove 900,000 outdated apps from Google Play
At the same time, some developers have complained about plans to remove apps that haven’t been updated on the Google Play Store for two years. Some developers believe that the actions of Apple and Google are not fair. Both companies seem unwilling to change course and – despite developers’ concerns – it’s the right move for user security.
Recently, Google introduced additional restrictions for users of its digital content store in Russia. Now developers can’t upload paid applications; and updates for them in the Russian version of the Google Play Store. The corresponding notice appeared on the company’s support page.
At the same time, downloading free Android applications from the Russian Google Play Store is still possible. Paid apps and games previously downloaded by users will also continue to work. In March, Google suspended the Play Store payment system for Russian users.
For paid apps, when you try to buy or sign up for a paid subscription through the Google payments system, an error is displayed. The message states that developers can extend the grace period for existing subscribers after the next current period ends. In addition, developers can use the Developer API to defer renewals of paid subscriptions by up to one year. If the Application provides “critical services”; then developers are advised to make it free or temporarily deny the ability to issue a paid subscription.
Google notes that the current situation continues to evolve rapidly; and other changes in company policy may occur in the future. Google will keep users informed of any updates on the support page.