If you’re planning on downloading AnTuTu via Google Play to test your Android device, you should know that you won’t find it. The app has been removed from Google Play as part of the search engine’s effort on cracking down on a China-based developer named Cheetah Mobile.
The removal seems to apply to not just AnTuTu, but also related apps. Including AnTuTu 3DBench and AlTuTu Benchmark. While it isn’t directly pointed out, a part of the app’s description (before it was taken down) points to AnTuTu and its accompanying benchmarks being made and owned by Cheetah Mobile.
For context, Cheetah Mobile was one of two China-based app developers – the other one was called Kika Tech – accused of engaging in fraudulent advertising practices. On AnTuTu’s official page, the site makes no reference to the app developer, but a quick search online shows that Fu Sheng, CEO of Cheetah Mobile, is also listed as the chairman and manager of Beijing AnTuTu Technology Co.
In light of its removal, AnTuTu has also changed the download links for the app on its website. Now when you click on the Google Play link, the button simply prompts you by asking if you wish to download the app directly. In any case, if you wish to use the app for testing your Android device, this seems to be the only way to get it from now on.
On related note, AnTuTu did respond to its removal from Google Play. In a statement to GizChina, the benchmark app vehemently denied being related to the Cheetah Mobile, but that the company became one of its investors back in 2014. In light of the current situation, the app says that it is working on clearing the misunderstanding, including changing its legal supplier.