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Delisted Android apps from China had 500k downloads each before removal (H1 2020)

Sep 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Pixalate's latest research reveals information about the over 800,000 apps were delisted across the Google Play and Apple App stores in H1 2020.

This blog examines the popularity of Android apps, based on country of registry, prior to their delisting.

Delisted apps from China had ~500k downloads each


  • Delisted apps from Finland had nearly 1M downloads (on average) prior to delisting, led by several popular Angry Birds games that were delisted in H1 2020.
  • Delisted apps from China and Hong Kong had nearly 500K downloads each pre-delisting, driven by many popular apps from Cheetah Mobile that were removed from the Google Play Store in H1 2020
  • Delisted apps from Cyprus had nearly 400K downloads each pre-delisting in H1 2020

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What’s inside Pixalate’s H1 2020 Delisted Apps Report

Inside our delisted apps report, you’ll find:

  • Delisted app trends across Android & iOS
  • Top delisted iOS & Android apps
  • Country of registration of delisted apps
  • ‘Dangerous permission’ among delisted apps
  • App developers with the most apps delisted

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The content of this blog reflects Pixalate's opinions with respect to the factors that Pixalate believes can 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.

In the context of this blog, "delisted apps" include apps delisted on or after the first date of a quarter (January 1, 2020 for Q1 2020, April 1, 2020 for Q2 2020), and not on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store as of the last day of the quarter (March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively). The delisting of an app does not indicate the entity or person that initiated the delisting action, i.e. Google, Apple, or the app developer, as that information is not generally available publicly. Additionally, the mere fact that an app has been delisted does not necessarily imply that one should draw negative inferences regarding the app or its developer. It is important to note that there are many relatively benign reasons for the delisting of apps (e.g., rebranding, app replacement, change in business direction, or a business transaction involving the app and/or the app’s developer).

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