Google is taking another step to clean up the Play Store. It hides apps that have not been updated within two years of the latest Android OS version and prevents users from downloading them.
This builds on Google’s current Play Store requirement that app developers release updates to match the API of the latest version of the Android operating system within one year of that release. So, with Android 12 released last October, developers have until October 2022 to update their apps – and now Google’s new requirements mean that if they wait longer than October 2023, their apps won’t be updated. detectable in the Play Store and cannot be downloaded by users running newer versions of Android.
Users who previously downloaded older apps will be able to install them, but the new requirements will help protect unaware users from potential vulnerabilities in older apps, according to an official Google blog post. The new policy won’t go into effect until November 1, 2022, giving developers time to get the updates in order.
The new requirement is one of several policy updates announced Thursday by Google that will go live at later dates in 2022. For example, starting May 11, apps whose content is not “globally Appropriate” will be blocked for users in regions where the content is deemed offensive. Other updates include a change to the Play Store’s hate speech policy to prohibit hate speech related to caste and immigration.
To better protect users, Google recently removed apps from the Play Store that were. The variety of apps, including a QR code reader and a highway speed detector, all contained malicious code that stole user data from millions of Android devices, and the apps were taken down for breaking the rules. from the PlayStore.