Google has determined nearly 60,000 apps weren’t up to its strict standards, yanking them right from the Play store as it continues to fight against spam. The mass deletion occurred in February alone, highlighting the rampant frequency of such apps. Now that Google Play is looking different, and less heavy around the waist, the smaller app count underlies a larger overall cleansing.
Not every single last app pulled from the store was done by Google; TechCrunch said some, like carrier bundles, were pulled by publishers. Many of the apps moderated were allegedly of the ringtone/MP3 variety, and those are certainly a dime a dozen. Not only does cleaning Google Play of such apps clear out the spam, but it fosters a much more quality environment.
The overall number of apps, which both Google and Apple tout regularly, seems to be of little importance at the moment. And, anyway, it’s likely users won’t even notice any of the 60,000 apps are now gone.