AnTuTu's Removal From Google Play Store Has Been A Mistake Based On Their Statement On The Issue

Yikes, hope it gets revolved soon!

AnTuTu is one of the top benchmarking apps to use to determine how well a smartphone performs, and even we have used it as a way to determine how well a device does. Surprisingly the app, along with other apps related to Antutu such as AnTuTu 3DBench, AnTuTu Benchmark, and AITutu Benchmark, were all removed from Google Play Store over the weekend.

Initial reports revealed this was due to the apps relation with developers Cheetah Mobile. If you're unsure why this is a big deal, it's been revealed that apps from Cheetah Mobile have been found guilty of data collection, displaying deceptive ads, and being an IAP minefield.

Ever since, AnTuTu officials, including CEO Zhao Chen, had been desperate to clear their name and their relations with Cheetah Mobile. In a lengthy email that's clearly desperate to clear their name, AnTuTu clarified that they are older than Cheetah Mobile and the developer is only a shareholder since 2014.

In fact, Cheetah Mobile company “has never touched” the Google Play account of AnTuTu and the benchmark “has NOT done any promotion” of the developer’s software. Chen revealed his company believes the misjudgment is because the Privacy Policy link is using a Cheetah Mobile address at cmcm.com. You can read their full statement here:

We received a 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 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 supplier.

Regarding Fu Sheng being the chairman / manager of Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co., Ltd., this is because of the requirements of the investors. In fact, many Chinese companies have such requirements when investing. When the shares reach a certain percentage, investors will require changes in government registration documents. The company is actually operated by Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co., Ltd. Henan Branch. (https://www.tianyancha.com/company/3222572910), and Fu Sheng does not actually participate in the operation or the management of AnTuTu.  Anyway, we have informed the investor Cheetah Mobile asking them to solve these problems caused by them.

We hope that Google can examine AnTuTu’s account carefully and finally resolve this misunderstanding as soon as possible.

It's important to note as well that Cheetah Mobile is also on the board of directors at AnTuTu, although AnTuTu has clarified that this is a requirement by the investor, but there is no participation in the operation or the management of AnTuTu. 

For now, AnTuTu is still trying to work out the issue with Google. If you want to get the app at this point, you will need to go to AnTuTu’s website and try to download the benchmark apps through the Google Play banner. Instead of directing you to the Play Store, you will actually download an APK file straight to your device. The installation is pretty straightforward with no issues so you can still measure your device's performance with no worries. For iOS users, you can download from the App Store with no issues.