Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Google boots Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after fraud allegations

Cheetah Mobile and Kika Apps Google 377053 Pixabay
Troy Mann | 07 December, 2018, 19:29

You can check out the Best of 2018 section in your country from the Google Play listing. Some steal personal data, others activate unwanted subscription services, and still others even manage to use our smartphone as cryptocurrent minerals. The search giant removed CM File manager and Kika keyboard apps after an internal investigation.

Dart Instead of Objective-C and Swift (iOS), Java and Kotlin (Android), JavaScript and other languages most associated with mobile development, Flutter is coded with the Dart programming language - or, as Google likes to put it, Flutter is powered by the "Dart platform".

The Google Sounds app appeared on the Play Store last night and promises to offer ringtones and audio visualisations that are usually Pixel-exclusive. "If an app violates our policies, we take action", a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying by BuzzFeed News. Google found certain codes within the said apps that were used to execute ad fraud techniques known as click injection or clock flooding.

"The Company takes the current matter very seriously and is in continuous communication with Google Play to resolve any issues that may arise", it said. A report last week claimed that Cheetah Mobile and an associated company called Kika Tech were engaged in some shady advertising practices, and now Google has responded. For the payment to be successfully transferred, the newly installed app will generate a "flashback", so that developers and partner agencies can be notified of the ad source, as well as the device that installed the app.

Michigan Republicans following Wisconsin's lead in curbing Democrats' power
The proposal up for a vote would weaken the governor's power to put in place administrative rules enacting state laws. The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.


Theresa May told to delay Brexit vote
The House of Commons leader, Andrea Leadsom, also told parliament the vote would go ahead on December 11. But lawmakers who attended the meeting said he did not offer a solution to persuade them to back it.


Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes
He also completed 5000 runs in Test cricket in his 65th match and 108th innings, becoming only the 12th Indian batsman to do so. Their top-order batsmen brought about their own downfall by attempting expansive drives only to be caught in the slip cordon.


As part of today's announcement, Cheetah maintained that, despite the negative appearance of Google Play's decision, File Manager was "an immaterial app" for the company, accounting for less than $58,000 in the third quarter, or 0.03 percent of the company's $197 million of revenue in the period.

CM Manager isn't the only Cheetah app removed from the Play Store either, as Battery Doctor and CM Launcher were apparently removed in the wake of the original story. Cheetah Mobile has indicated that it is already doing so with Google.

"With Flutter, we believe we have a solution that gives you the best of both worlds: hardware-accelerated graphics and UI, powered by native ARM code, targeting both popular mobile operating systems".

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