In April, Apple announced to developers that applications that have not been updated for a long time may disappear from the App Store in the near future. The authors of the application have received information that they can update their apps within the next 30 days, and that otherwise there will be an option to remove them. There were about 650 000 such applications. Google decides to take a similar step in the context of the Play Store.
In the case of the Play Store, Google announced that applications that have not been updated in the last two years will be analyzed for removal. The number of such applications is approximately 900 000. According to Google, applications that have not been updated for a long time are more dangerous for users and expose users to potential hacking on phones. It is worth mentioning, however, that a significant part of the applications available in the Play Store received updates in the last two years and such applications won't be included in the changes. According to reports, as many as 68% of applications available in the Play Store and the App Store were updated by developers in the last 2 years.