Popular mobile benchmark app, AnTuTu, suddenly vanished from the Play Store. It is one of the most used apps for benchmarking performance of both Android and iOS devices. Interestingly, the app is still available on Apple’s App Store and Huawei’s AppGallery.
Google removed all apps related to AnTuTu on the Play Store, including AnTuTu Benchmark, AnTuTu 3DBench, and AITUTU Benchmark. According to reports, the reason may be because of their affiliation to Cheetah Mobile, a company who repeatedly violated Google’s policy violations.
AnTuTu Global Marketing Manager Amelie Liu has released a statement, clarifying the company’s relationship to Cheetah Mobile.
According to Liu, AnTuTu is not related to Cheetah Mobile. Although, the former was older (AnTuTu was founded on 2011), Cheetah Mobile is one of their shareholders since 2014.
The team had received notification email from Google on March 7th informing us that AnTuTu was one of the related publisher accounts of Cheetah Mobile, all AnTuTu apps were removed from the Play Store. But in fact, we think there is some misunderstanding about it. AnTuTu is NOT the related account of Cheetah Mobile!!
Antutu was founded in 2011, even before Cheetah Mobile, and is one of the earliest Google Play developers. Cheetah Mobile invested in us in around 2014 and became one of our shareholders since then. However, we still retain a considerable account of shares and Independent operation of the company as well as our own independent Google Play account. Cheetah Mobile has never touched our Google Play account, and AnTuTu has not done any promotion of Cheetah Mobile’s software.
We hope that Google can examine AnTuTu‘s account carefully and finally resolve this misunderstanding as soon as possible.
Cheetah Mobile has repeatedly defied Play Store policies in the past. It is described as a dishonest and disruptive Android development studio. According to reports, they occasionally buy other successful mobile apps, and rewrites them adding data-collecting and in-app payment elements to it.
For those who still want to use AnTuTu Benchmark and its other apps, they are available for download on its official website.