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039;PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' won Google's overall Game of the Year. — PUBG Corporation  Bluehole Inc image

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Seven of these apps are from Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company, while the other one has been developed by Kika Tech, another Chinese firm.

If you were, for some reason, hoping to download CM File Manager or Kika Keyboard, I have some bad news.

The removal comes after a Buzzfeed story detailed allegations of ad fraud against the developers.

"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.

In addition, the company said it had also temporarily removed two other apps, Battery Doctor and CM Locker, because aspects of those applications were "obsolete and would require some time to update".

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. Kara Bailey, Global Merchandising Director, Google Play has published a post highlighting the most popular content on the Google Play Store this year.

Cheetah Mobile, which supplies the successful apps Clean Master, Security Master and Battery Doctor, is now embroiled in a scandal initiated by an investigative report on BuzzFeed News. More specifically, it was alleged that the apps instituted click flooding and click injection while running, enabling them to "take credit" for new subsequent installs on the affected devices.

Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do. "If an app violates our policies, we take action", said a statement from Google, reported BuzzFeed.

Aside from removing CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard from the Play Store, Google has reportedly delisted them from the AdMob mobile advertising network too. The Kika Keyboard app was on the top spot on the Play Store in the top keyboard app list, and Cheetah Mobile is said to be the largest developers in the Android ecosystem.

You can find the complete list on Google's blog post. Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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