Google will start hiding outdated apps from the Play Store in the name of user safety. Users who have already used such software products will still have access to them, but “newbies” will not be able to find and install them in the company’s store.
According to the Statista agency, there are around 3.5 million applications on the official Android app marketplace, many of which no longer meet the requirements of modern software. In most cases, such products are quite harmless, but Google decided to minimize the risks for users. From November this year, obsolete applications will be hidden.
Those who are already using such software can keep using it. Not only can users see the software in the marketplace, but they can also reinstall it after resetting their smartphone or even switching to a new device. The innovation affects those who have never installed outdated applications. This applies to apps with an Android API that is two years older than the current version. In other words, apps running Android 10 and earlier will be hidden from new users.
According to Google, this will allow users to take advantage of all the modern security and privacy features that new versions of Android offer, and tighter API requirements will protect users from installing older apps that don’t have the protection they need.
It is entirely up to the developers to bring the applications in line with changes in company policies. Many of them update products fairly frequently, so users of the latest software are not affected in any way. Even developers who own very old but popular applications usually update them regularly.
However, there is no doubt that some software simply falls out of the search. If that’s not enough for you, there are alternative app stores to the Google Marketplace as well as the option of third-party downloads, for example in Android from the developers’ websites.