AnTuTu, one of the most popular Chinese software benchmarking tool for Android, has been quietly removed from the Google Play Store. The three affected apps of this popular platform are AnTuTu 3DBench, AnTuTu Benchmark and AITuTu Benchmark (the new AI evaluation software).
The AnTuTu Benchmark application was last updated on February 7, while the latest update for the AI benchmark app was on February 13th. It is not known exactly when the application disappeared from the Play Store, although the AnTuTu application was available until February 22nd.
According to a report from Android Police the disappearance of AnTuTu apps is being linked as part of the crackdown on Cheetah Mobile. Last month, Google reportedly pulled out all Android apps published on the Play Store by Cheetah Mobile, due to the company’s repeated violations of privacy policies of its Play Store.
Google reportedly believes that the popular benchmarking app is a ‘related account’ of the infamous Chinese developer. While the AnTuTu website makes no reference to Cheetah Mobile, a quick search online shows that Fu Sheng, CEO of Cheetah Mobile, is also the CEO of Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co.
Currently, AnTuTu has removed all links to Google Play Store on its Official Website and replaced it with simple APK links.
For its part, AnTuTu claims that it operates as an independent company even though it has business and ownership links with the Chinese developer.
In a statement to GizChina, AnTuTu said: “Antutu is NOT the related account of Cheetah Mobile! … 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”.
For now, those who want to download the benchmarking app and test their devices can do so directly from the company’s website.