Apple and Google delist 592,000 abandoned or fishy apps
In the previous quarter, the two companies together delisted 220,000 such apps – the number this quarter is more than double this amount – 592,000 apps, according to the report from Pixalate.
Here you can see the top ten delisted by Apple and Google apps
For Apple, there’s an 8.652% increase in delisted apps from Q1 of this year. According to the report, 64% of the apps delisted by Cupertino had not been updated in at least two years. On top of that, Apple’s been cracking down on “Health & Fitness” apps, including at least 178 family planning apps.
Basically, all those apps had over 117 million user ratings before they got pulled from the two app stores. The majority of them, or precisely 82%, had no app country of registry. And, additionally, 35 of them were linked to Sberbank, which is a Russian-owned business.
By the way, the fact that Apple and Google have delisted those apps doesn’t mean that they have completely vanished. People who have downloaded them prior to the delisting will still have them on their iPhones or Android phones.
Pixalate states that prior to that massive cleaning (in the previous quarter, Q1 of 2022) Apple had delisted only 5,000 apps from the App Store.