If you are wondering why you can no longer find AnTuTu apps on the Google Play Store, that’s because they have been banned and removed!
And guess what got AnTuTu apps banned? Cheetah Mobile…
Cheetah Mobile : An Insidious Developer According To Google
On 20 February 2020, Google posted that they removed nearly 600 apps from the Google Play Store, banning many of their developers for “disruptive ads” and “ad fraud”.
One of those developers – notorious Chinese app developer, Cheetah Mobile, with a history of buying over popular apps to load them with spyware and malicious advertisements.
AnTuTu : Banned From Google Play Store!
And now, it appears that AnTuTu have also been affected by the Google ban hammer, with these apps removed :
- AnTuTu Benchmark
- AnTuTu 3DBench
Why? It appears those AnTuTu apps were banned, because AnTuTu found to be associated with Cheetah Mobile :
- Cheetah Mobile CEO Fu Sheng is listed as the Chairman of Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co. Ltd
AnTuTu Shares Their Point Of View
AnTuTu clarified the issue in their statement to Android Police that :
- Cheetah Mobile was merely an investor and shareholder, but they remain independent.
- They are now working to change their “legal supplier”.
- Listing Fu Sheng as the Chairman of Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co. Ltd was a requirement of “the investors”.
- They have already asked Cheetah Mobile to solve these problems.
AnTuTu apps are still available as APK downloads on their website, but installing them outside of Google Play is not without risks, so caveat emptor!
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