A new report finds that 1.5 million apps in both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store have not been updated in two years or more and have been hidden or removed entirely in line with recent policy changes.

These “abandoned” applications make up one third of the combined app catalogs of the App Store and Play Store, according to a report by research firm Pixalate. After two years without an update, apps are more vulnerable to exploits, which is why Apple and Google have introduced new rules in recent months that penalize apps neglected by their developers.

If an app is not updated for two years, it will be hidden for review in the Google Play Store and will not appear in search results. Apple’s policy on obsolete applications is far less clear, although at least one developer has said that their application will be removed because it is more than two years old.

Neither Apple nor Google have responded to the comment so far.


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