813,000+ apps delisted from Google, Apple app stores in H121
Pixalate's "H1 2021 Delisted Mobile Apps Report" shows that the number of apps delisted in the first half of 2021 accounts for more than 15% of all the apps on both Apple's and Google's app stores combined. The apps booted off the stores had over 9 billion downloads on Play Store alone and despite being delisted, most apps can remain installed on users' devices.
Pixalate is a fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for connected TV and mobile advertising. The company published the report developers and advertisers can recognize potential privacy threats and compliance breaches. For this report, the company analyzed over five million mobile apps on the Google and Apple app stores. It found that apps delisted from App Store had over 21 million consumer reviews.
A variety of causes can lead to an app being delisted. The report mentioned that 78% of the apps had no address listed while another 5% had no identifiable address. On the Google Play Store, 66% of the apps had at least one "dangerous permission." Of these, 27% had access to GPS data and 19% could access the camera.