Pixalate’s Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report: 275k Mobile Apps Removed From Google, Apple Stores, Bringing 2022 Total To 1.4 Million Delisted Apps
Programmatic advertisers spent $45 million on apps delisted from the Google Play and Apple App stores in 2022, according to Pixalate’s data
LONDON, February 13, 2023 -- Pixalate, the market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising, today released the Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report, containing insights about mobile apps removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The analysis helps developers and advertisers recognize potential threats of privacy, brand safety, and compliance breaches.
Pixalate’s report reveals that 274,803 mobile apps were delisted in Q4 2022, a decrease of ~21% from the 349k+ delisted in Q3 2022. In total, Google and Apple combined delisted over 1.4 million apps in 2022, according to Pixalate’s data. However, delisted apps remain on user devices and can continue to run ads. Pixalate’s analysis reveals that programmatic advertisers spent $45 million on delisted apps in 2022.
Pixalate’s Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report reveals:
Apple and Google have an important role to play in protecting consumers’ online privacy, part of which is setting and maintaining consumer privacy standards across the 5.2+ million apps available for download in their stores. While removing apps from a store prevents future downloads, those apps can remain installed on users’ devices and continue to collect personal information.
The graphic above shows the top 10 most popular apps delisted from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in Q4 2022, and you can download the full report as well as a list of the top 200 most popular delisted apps from each app store below.
What’s inside the report
Pixalate’s Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report includes:
Download a copy of the Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report for free here. You will also be provided with a list of the top 200 most popular apps that were delisted in Q4 2022.
Pixalate is the market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising. We work 24/7 to guard your reputation and grow your media value. Pixalate offers the only system of coordinated solutions across display, app, video, and OTT/CTV for better detection and elimination of ad fraud. Pixalate is an MRC-accredited service for the detection and filtration of sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) across desktop and mobile web, mobile in-app, and OTT/CTV advertising. www.pixalate.com
The content of this press release, and the Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report (the “Report”), reflect Pixalate’s opinions with respect to the factors that Pixalate believes can be useful to the digital media industry. Pixalate’s opinions are just that, opinions, which means that they are neither facts nor guarantees; and neither this press release nor the Report are intended to impugn the standing or reputation of any entity, person or app, but instead, to report findings and trends pertaining to apps delisted from the official Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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Per the MRC, “'Fraud' is not intended to represent fraud as defined in various laws, statutes and ordinances or as conventionally used in U.S. Court or other legal proceedings, but rather a custom definition strictly for advertising measurement purposes. Also per the MRC, “‘Invalid Traffic’ is defined generally as traffic that does not meet certain ad serving quality or completeness criteria, or otherwise does not represent legitimate ad traffic that should be included in measurement counts. Among the reasons why ad traffic may be deemed invalid is it is a result of non-human traffic (spiders, bots, etc.), or activity designed to produce fraudulent traffic.”