Google has started sending notices to developers worldwide, informing them of the intention to “limit visibility” or completely remove applications from the Play Store. Google seems to be targeting apps that violate the company’s User Data policy.
The removal of such zombie apps would make it easier for users to find updated and solid applications by reducing the clutter in the Play Store when searching for certain keywords. This would also be for the benefit of developers of up-to-date applications.
Starting March 15, Google might start putting these measures into effect and it would be interesting to see how many such apps will be removed, while the Play Store will become a bit more secure.