As revealed in our 2019 Mobile Advertising Supply Chain Safety Report, Google delisted over 880,000 apps from the Play Store between Q1 and Q3 2019.
But which delisted apps were the most popular?
Top 100 Delisted Google Play Store Apps: Q3 2019
Pixalate analyzed Google Play Store apps that were delisted between Q1-Q3 2019 and reviewed which were the most popular based on download volume.
We have published a list of the top 100 apps delisted from the Google Play Store, based on download volume before the apps were delisted.
Note that apps can be delisted for a variety of reasons, and delisted apps cannot reflect the initiator of the delisting action; i.e. Google or the app developer. This list also includes apps delisted as of the last day of Q3 2019; apps are sometimes added back to the Play Store after a period of being delisted.
2019 Mobile Advertising Supply Chain Safety Report
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It is important to also note that the mere fact that an app receives "dangerous permissions" (as defined by Google) or is registered in a traditional tax haven country or a country that appears to be receiving heightened scrutiny by, among other governmental bodies, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), does not necessarily mean that such app, or its publisher, is actually exploiting data subjects. Instead, we are merely rendering an opinion that these facts may be suggestive of heightened risks to data subjects.
"Delisted apps" include apps delisted on or after January 1, 2019 and not on the Google Play Store as of September 30, 2019. Delisted apps cannot reflect the initiator of the delisting action, i.e. Google or the app developer.