What you need to know
- The popular suite of AnTuTu benchmarking apps has been removed from the Google Play Store.
- It was most likely due to its association with Cheetah Mobile after Google recently purged all of CM's apps for violating Play Store policies.
- In a statement, AnTuTu ensures that Cheetah Mobile is only an investor and has nothing to do with the operations at the company.
In February, Google made the announcement that it removed 600 apps from the Play Store for violating its ad policies or displaying disruptive ads. As part of this purge, all of Cheetah Mobile's apps were pulled, and for good reason. For years now, the Chinese app publisher has been one of the worst developers on the Play Store.
Apps from Cheetah Mobile have been found guilty of egregious data collection, displaying deceptive ads, and being an IAP minefield. It's a wonder it took Google this long to smack the developer and its associated apps with the ban hammer.
If you've followed reviews of smartphones and tablets over the years, you've undoubtedly heard of AnTuTu. The benchmarking app has been a staple for many reviewers and users who want a metric to compare the performance of their device to others. It has even been used by brands for bragging rights, as they compete to take the top spot on the charts. Whether or not it's a useful metric has been debated by many, but if you really must have AnTuTu on your device, it can still be downloaded from its site and installed.
So when does Google kill the AC app for disruptive ads too?
The funny thing is that Cheetah may be banned but in reality it's not. Most of their ad ridden crap has long been back under a new developer name, including the once fantastic Quick Pic gallery app. So obviously Google need to be way more aggressive in cleaning house!
On the other hand I think people deserve those kind of apps. Too cheap to pay for developer's work, too dumb/lazy to educate themselves on what to look for in the Android realm and too eager to download every crap because it may sound cool. You reap what you saw!
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