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AnTutu Benchmark ‘Disappears’ From Google Play Store, Shocks The Internet!

Android users often resort to performing the AnTutu Benchmark test to find out the true potential of their device. The test factors in the device’s multitasking power, CPU and graphics performance and assigns an overall score.

Sadly, the Android apps of Antutu Benchmark, Antutu3D, and Altutu are nowhere to be seen on the Play Store, implying that Google took down the benchmarking tools from the Play Store as part of its spree to kick out any app related to Cheetah Mobile.

The Chinese company has a reputation for unfair practices, privacy, and security issues in its products. Recently, Google removed all the popular Android apps from Cheetah Mobile. While the removal of the China-based Antutu benchmark is as surprising as it sounds, it’s believed that the popular app is the property of CM.

AnTutu Links To Cheetah Mobile

You can trace back its origins by opening the app’s listing on Wayback Machine. Android Police found that the app’s older listing on Google Play provides a privacy policy link to the Cheetah Mobile website. This could be a possible hint that Antutu is owned CM, although, Antutu’s ‘non-HTTPS’ website doesn’t mention of Cheetah Mobile anywhere.

Furthermore, if we are to believe, the Wikipedia page of the Antutu app shows Cheetah Mobile as the developer. The same story happens on the page of CM that lists Antutu as one of its apps.

Anyway, now that Antutu benchmark apps have been pulled from Google Play, where can the users find them? The official website of Antutu now offers an APK file when you click the Google Play Store download button. Users can also find it on popular Google Play Store alternatives.

AnTutu Responds

AnTutu believes it is a misunderstanding on Google’s end. Amelie Liu, the Global Marketing Manager of Antutu told Gizchina that Cheetah Mobile is a shareholder but they don’t control the app development or Play store account at all.

We believe that the reason for Google’s misjudgment is that we purchased and used the legal services from Cheetah Mobile, so our privacy policy link used the address of cmcm.com. This is what we are working on, including changing legal suppliers.

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