Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

This Language App Is Google's Pick for Best App of 2018

This Language App Is Google's Pick for Best App of 2018

Google has removed two apps from the Play Store for advertising fraud.

The tech giant told BuzzFeed News that these two apps contain code used that can execute ad fraud techniques like click injection and click flooding.

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.

A recent investigation revealed that several Android apps developed by China's Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech were running ad click fraud scheme to trick app developers into thinking new installs were coming from ads within the offending applications. "If an app violates our policies, we take action", Google told the publication. The apps would apparently detect new app installations on a user's device and claim the credit for driving said installations.

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Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do. The Chinese developer suggested that third party SDKs were to blame for any ad fraud, while also saying it would take legal action against Kochava.

The report states that according to app analytics firm AppBrain, CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard together have been downloaded more than 250 million times.

After the findings were brought to Google's attention, two of the fraudulent apps were scrutinized and have now been removed from the Play Store.

Impact: If you're often browsing through the Play Store, chances are you're more than familiar with most of these apps, movies, games, TV shows, ebooks, and audiobooks, depending on what you're into, but if you're not, you can always navigate to the provided link, and try out any of the content Google mentioned.

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