33% of all iOS, Android apps are considered abandoned and at risk of getting hacked
Considering that children and teens are the target users of gaming apps, it surely would not be a good look for Apple and Google if it was discovered that many of them have not been updated leaving them wide open to being hacked.
Over 1.5 million iOS and Android apps have been abandoned
It turns out that the most frequently updated apps are the ones that have been downloaded the most. 84% of the apps with over 100 million downloads have been updated at least once over the last six months.
Pixalate also discovered 314,000 “Super-Abandoned” apps which are those that haven’t been updated in over five years. Of those neglected apps, 58% or 184,000 were found in the App Store. 42% or 130,000 of these ignored apps were discovered in the Google Play Store.
Older apps aren’t able to take advantage of newer security additions made to Android and iOS which is why both Apple and Google want to remove them from their respective app storefronts. However, smaller independent app developers complain that there often is nothing that they need to do after they release an app. These developers feel that they are being unfairly targeted by Apple and Google.