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Over 5k apps delisted from the Google and Apple mobile app stores in Q4 2022 had open programmatic advertising

Mar 10, 2023 11:00:00 AM

Pixalate’s recent Q4 2022 Delisted Mobile Apps Report provides an in-depth analysis of delisted mobile apps across the Google and Apple app stores. An app can be “delisted” for a number of reasons, ranging from the benign - such as the developer's decision to withdraw the app - to the more nefarious, such as breaches of app store policies.

The report covers a wide range of data points, so we decided to break some of this information down further into individual blogs to highlight interesting findings.

This week: We show how many delisted apps had open programmatic advertising in 2022.

5.3k delisted apps with programmatic ads as of Q4 2022

Here is the combined number of delisted Apple and Google apps with open programmatic ads detected by quarter in 2022:

  • Q1 2022 - 6,728
  • Q2 2022 - 5,494 (down 18%)
  • Q3 2022 - 4,697 (down 14%)
  • Q4 2022 - 5,342 (up 13%)

For more analysis of delisted mobile apps, download a free copy of the report here:

Download the Report

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The content of this post, and the Q4 2022 Abandoned Mobile Apps Report (the "Report"), reflect Pixalate’s opinions with respect to factors that Pixalate believes may be useful to the digital media industry. Any data shared is grounded in Pixalate’s proprietary technology and analytics, which Pixalate is continuously evaluating and updating. Any references to outside sources should not be construed as endorsements. Pixalate’s opinions are just that, opinions, which means that they are neither facts nor guarantees. It should be noted that the mere fact an app does not appear to have been updated in a certain period of time does not necessarily mean that such app's publisher has abandoned the app, or is otherwise violating any policy, best practice, or regulation. Instead, we are merely noting the apparent inactivity and rendering an opinion that this apparent absence of updates may be suggestive of heightened risks to end users and other data subjects. Pixalate is sharing this data not to impugn the standing or reputation of any entity, person or app, but, instead, to render opinions and report trends pertaining to apps available for download via the official Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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