Much is made of the quantity of apps on the various app stores/marketplaces, but there’s a solid argument that quality is infinitely more important.
With a focus firmly on the latter, it’s come to light that nearly 60,000 apps were removed from Google Play throughout February. It’s not the first such clear out, but it’s certainly the largest.
To be fair, not all of the apps were removed directly by Google, with some publishers inevitably pulling their own wares.
However, it’s fair to say that most of the 60,000 apps were pulled by Mountain View on account of quality control concerns and violations of Google Play’s Terms of Service.
According to Sarah at TechCrunch, MP3/ringtone apps were the big offenders, which isn’t a massive surprise.
While Apple’s App Store has a strict vetting process, Google Play prefers to check quality retroactively, which leads to stuff like Garage Band for Android (ahem).
Back in October 2011, we heard that a whopping 37% of all Android Market (prior to being rebranded as Google Play) apps had been removed, equating to 180,000+ of its 500,000 total.
So what we're left with is the best of the best; hundreds of thousands of useful apps, each more vital than the last.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to install Fart Sound Board, Big Fart Button, FartDroid Fart Machine, Motion Fart, Noble Fart, Fart Fart Fart, Sneaky Fart, Man fart, Fart Sounds, Farting Fred…