Major media outlets are reporting that Google might be planning to disappear 869,000 unused apps from Play Store soon. According to CNET, these apps that have not been updated for a while might be really harder for users to find until new updates have been made by their respective developers.
The reason behind this drastic measure is to ensure that apps are maintained to a certain standard and also the obvious security reason. The major issue with Play Store is that developers don’t have to renew their Developer license often. All they need to do is to make a one-time purchase of $25 dollars and you can publish apps for the rest of your lives.
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But when it comes to iOS, there is an annual fee that developers are required to renew if they want to maintain their projects in the App Store so less users are inclined to kind of abandon their work.
In the case of App Store, it is only 650,000 apps that not updated or less maintained.
The biggest problem is..
On the other hand the biggest problem, there are certain apps that are doing very well in terms of reach and engagement but requires very little changes or updates when it comes to the app features. In those cases, the developers are forced release changes with less change or none. That is certainly an extra burden of the developer’s time and effort.
So, what is your opinion on the matter? Is it necessary or does it burden the developers in the plaform? Do let us know in the comments below.