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Though both the companies denied any wrongdoing on their part, Google conducted its own investigations and concluded that there was illegality in those aforementioned apps and hence, removed from the Play Store.

Seven of these apps were created by Cheetah Mobile, Kochava said, and include CM File Manager, which was the subject of today's news, as well as Clean Master, CM Launcher 3D, Security Master, Battery Doctor, CM Locker, and Cheetah Keyboard.

The Kika Keyboard application had achieved more than 100 million downloads according to AppBrain and CM file Manager as many as 50 million.

Google has reportedly removed two Cheetah Mobile and Kika apps from the Google Play Store after claims of ad fraud were levelled against the developers. BuzzFeed asserts that the two companies may have made "millions of dollars" as a result of this form of ad-fraud.

Google is still continuing to investigate the two apps and will take additional action. "We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behaviour on our platform".

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Cheetah Mobile had responded saying that it planned to take legal action against mobile app attribution and analytics company Kochava, which had done the study on which BuzzFeed report was based.

Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do. But news that Google found dodgy code within a Cheetah Mobile app seemingly contradicts the developer's claims of third-party SDKs being to blame. Cheetah Mobile has also voluntarily withdrawn a small number of others, Battery Doctor included, although it does not confirm that this action has anything to do with BuzzFeed's report.

You can find the complete list on Google's blog post.

The Google spokesperson also added that the rest of the suspicious apps are now under the scanner and if they too are found engaged in such schemes, necessary action will be taken. Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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