AnTuTu has become one of the most famous benchmark apps in the world, being a reference for many people when it comes to recording smartphone and tablet performance. On the Google platform, the application has three different categories available for download from the Play Store.
However, this is now past, given that the search giant has decided to remove all of them from the store due to the possible relationship of AnTuTu with the developer Cheetah Mobile, which apparently controls the benchmark application.
For those who do not know, Google has a restriction with all applications of this company due to some problems of the past related to ad fraud. One of Cheetah Mobile's most famous apps is Clean Master, which despite being quite popular on Android, was reported in 2014 that its ads promoted deceptive tactics.
That same year, Ferenc Lszl Nagy of Sophos Labs was able to see that pop-up ads from Clean Master showed that the device had been infected by a virus. A few months later, Cheetah Mobile encouraged users to uninstall Google Chrome and replace it with their own browser during the process of cleaning and optimizing their application. This caused the company to receive a repression from Google.
In December 2018, the same Cheetah Mobile was part of a click fraud system, something that made Google remove two of its apps from the Play Store. Last month, the company excluded almost 600 apps from the store for "violating the ad policy", including all of the Cheetah Mobile.
However, according to Zhao Chen, CEO of AnTuTu, Google made a mistake, given that the platform has nothing to do with Cheetah Mobile. He stated in an interview:
We received a notification email from Google on March 7 stating that AnTuTu was one of Cheetah Mobile's related accounts, and all AnTuTu apps have been removed from the Play Store. But in fact, we think there is some misunderstanding about this. Antutu NO is the related Cheetah Mobile account.
AnTuTu was founded in 2011, even before Cheetah Mobile, and one of the first developers on Google Play. Cheetah Mobile invested in us around 2014 and has become one of our shareholders since then. However, we still maintain a sizeable account of shares and operations independent of the company, as well as our own independent account on Google Play. Cheetah Mobile has never touched our Google Play account, and AnTuTu NO has made no promotions for Cheetah Mobile software.
We hope that Google will be able to examine the AnTuTu account carefully and finally resolve this misunderstanding as quickly as possible.