According to an official announcement released by Google, Google will take steps to clean up long-un-updated apps in the Play Store, which will be automatically hidden. At present, there are a large number of apps in various app stores. Most of these apps have been abandoned and the developers have stopped updating them. But Apple doesn’t appear to be taking steps to clean up long-un-updated apps, and Google has given developers more than a year to update these long-un-updated apps.
Google believes that if it is not updated for a long time, it may not be able to adapt to the new Android version, and the long-term non-update also means that there may be flaws that have not been fixed.
- Effective May 11, 2022:
- We’re updating our Families policy to explain that if an app contains content that is not globally appropriate, we may make the app available only to users in regions where content within that app is deemed appropriate.
- Effective July 11, 2022:
- Effective November 1, 2022:
- To provide users with a safe and secure experience, we are expanding on Google Play’s target API level requirements to include existing apps that aren’t updated. Apps that don’t target an API level within two years of the latest major Android version release will not be available on Google Play to new users whose devices run the latest versions of Android. Developers can request a six-month extension if more time for migration is needed. Learn more.