Google will soon hide applications that don’t keep up with API levels

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Soon, Google Play Store will start hiding applications that are not updated and equipped with the latest Android functionalities. This move will kick in on November 1, and in doing so, will help Google clear out the Play Store, which is currently home to more than three million apps.

Google hides applications that are not actively updating

As of November 1, Google will stop recommending apps to users that developers have kept out of date for a period of time. This is in line with the similar policy Apple has rolled out for the iOS App Store.

According to the official blog post, developers are required to keep their apps up to date and compliant with the API level within two years of a major Android release. For example, apps that were released during the rollout of Android 12 but with API level on Android 9.0 are shown a way out.

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The developers will have to add the API level of their apps to that as well within two years of Android release. Google not only hides the apps from the Play Store, but also makes them inaccessible to discovery.

However, it will prevent users from upgrading the app while running a higher API level above the allowed levels.

Apart from the developer side, the users cannot keep an older version of an app on their devices. This is because Google will require users to update their apps or face the consequences in the form of the app not being available.

Apart from that, if the developer decides not to update the app for a long time, it means that the app will not be available for use even if it is functional.

This move will help the Google Play Store to streamline the Android marketplace, which currently has more than 3 million apps at the time of writing.

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