July 5, 2022

What you need to know

  • The Google Play Store looks set to crack down on nearly 900,000 neglected apps as part of a recent policy change.
  • Android apps that haven’t received an update in two years will be axed from the Play Store.
  • Apple is also taking similar measures to deal with abandoned apps on the App Store.

The days of outdated apps on the Google Play Store are coming to an end as Google looks to remove apps that have not been updated in two years.

This potential consequence is the result of Google Play’s recent policy change aimed at ridding the app marketplace of abandoned apps or those that haven’t received a single update in two years. According to CNET, which cites a report from analyst firm Pixalate, this amounts to around 869,000 apps in the case of the Play Store.