Google boots Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after fraud allegations

Joanna Estrada
December 5, 2018

Google has kicked out Cheetah Mobile's CM File Manager and Kika Tech's Kika Keyboard from the Play Store after an internal investigation revealed that those apps were involved in 'deceptive and malicious behavior'.

Cheetah Mobile also voluntarily removed its Battery Doctor and CM Locker apps from the Play Store following the initial report.

Google Play has announced its Best Apps of 2018, a list that includes a good number of games released on the mobile platform this year. Google noted in a statement to Buzzfeed News that it expects to take further actions against the developers.

With Flutter 1.0, Google is introducing new features like Dart 2.1, as well as a new feature that lets you add native iOS/Android components into your app, and vice-versa. The fraud scheme, which Google calls 'install attribution abuse', involves a developer claiming a share of the revenue generated by app downloads despite playing no role in guiding users to install the app. While the company is blaming the whole ad scandal on a third-party SDK, it should take responsibility for what's happened - especially since it could've stood to gain from such a scheme - and it should have vetted these services before flinging them onto their apps.

Cheetah also admitted that it "proactively" removed two advertising SDKs from its apps.

Language-learning app Drops is the best Android app of 2018, according to Google. Google has allowed users to vote for their favorite app, game, and movie, while all the other categories have been chosen by Google based on their performance in the Play Store, and truth be said, none of these comes as a huge surprise.

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