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Report: Clean Master was the most used Android app during the fourth quarter

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Report: Clean Master was the most used Android app during the fourth quarter
It might come as a surprise to you that the most widely used Android app during the last three months of the year was Clean Master.  What is this app, you ask? Consider Clean Master to be similar to an enema for your phone. According to the company's claims, Clean Master gives your handset a good cleaning out by deleting cache and residual files that gum up your handset, slowing it down and draining the battery.

The Battery Saver analyzes your handset and hibernates apps that are deemed to be using too much battery life. Memory Boost frees up RAM space in order to boost the speed of your device. You can optimize your phone with just one tap of a button. And the CPU Cooler finds the apps that are overheating your handset, and stops them. Clean Master scans your phone in a matter of seconds, looking to keep the device free from viruses, trojans, vulnerabilities, adware and spyware. And keep in mind that the app is absolutely free.

Drawbridge analyzed over 1 trillion in-app ad requests to come to the conclusion that Clean Master was the most used Android app in each of the quarter's three months. It was different for iOS users. Messaging app Tango was on top in October, followed by iFunny in November. Words With Friends, the Scrabble like game, was tops in December.

Check out the interesting data Drawbridge came up with for both Android and iOS apps, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: Drawbridge via Phandroid

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posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:53 4

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2046; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Are you sure? What about the apps with no advert?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:57 2

13. TheMan (Posts: 486; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Exactly! And is it possible to control the rate at which ad requests are made by an app? Perhaps there's greater ad turnover.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:34 1

17. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


1, Root Your Phone
2. Install Xposed
3. Search for modules called MinMinguard and AdBlocker

Done

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:45 6

18. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


stupid ppl believe that this app really cleans the phone.. in reality it cleans their bank account ...... these apps are biggest spams

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 00:06

31. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


See that's what I heard too about this app, so I never installed it..

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:50

32. OdysseasP (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)


Can you please explain to me why Clean Master doens't clean the phone, while at the same time cleans my bank account? Thank you in advance.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:43

38. Rifqiandi (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2015)


You see, downloading clean master was pretty much useless. Eventhough it makes your phone smoother by cleaning useless RAM usages, CM also use a lot of ram, so downloading it was useless. People in here prefer clearin

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:46

39. Rifqiandi (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2015)


Sorry, my phone is laggy as heck that I can't finish my comment.

People in here prefer clearing things by their self because they can do it their self. Clean master DOES clear things but it also make your phone slower at the same times because CM use lots of RAM too.

The bank problem, I don't know

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:03 3

21. HildyJ (Posts: 292; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Android has had a clear all cache function for some time. It also allows individual app caches to be cleared.

As for other useless apps mentioned, Android lets you view resources used by apps and kill them if necessary (and it's almost never necessary).

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:59 4

3. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I can see it, android is laggy as f**kkkk

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:33 7

6. Finalflash (Posts: 2762; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I doubt you can see at all with those fanboy blinders on. Otherwise you would see how far up your a** your head is and take it out.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:21 2

22. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Just speaking from experience, nothing else. There's a reason why it's the most used app. Logic. Or is there another reason? Please enlighten me.
and I am no fan boy. I've used all types of phones, I'm guessing you are a android fan boy?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 19:38

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 5300; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


And which phone is that?? Every phone regardless of brand that I buy meet my expectation even in Nokia prime.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:49

40. Rifqiandi (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2015)


Well

Every phone Lags, you can't ignore that.
Fact is a fact, every phone will lag at the end, so arguing about lag on Android, or Iphones, are useless.
I've tried Iphones, if you still say Iphones don't lag, then you're 100% iBoy

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:45 8

7. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 473; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Yeah, sure.

- Android is laggy
- Windows Phone has no apps
- iPhone users are holding it wrong.
- Some people with little grasp of the current state of the mobile industry like to dredge up stale troll bait and post it online in hopes of impressing and/or offending people they don't know.

Only one of the above is true.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:26 1

23. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Well two of those are true haha 1st and 4th. Android is laggy, and yes people do that. All I did was write a comment, calm yourself. It is my opinion, I'm sure you have opinions I wouldn't agree with, but the difference is, I wouldn't take offense, because again, it is an opinion. I didn't know my words mattered so much haha
Relax, it's no big deal.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:46 1

9. VyktorJonas (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


it wouldn't be if you bought a decent phone
I can't stand it when people compare 100 dollars android phone to 600 iPhones

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:28 1

24. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Well I wasn't comparing a 100 dollar android phone. I had the Nexus 5 when it was one of the new ones out didn't take very long to start to lag. I actually was one of the people using clean master.... sooo there's the reason for my comment.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:47

44. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Try to clean Cache Partition from the boot. Sure will help you better than anything else.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:43

43. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Yep, it is. For sub $100 phones with SD200, ram 1GB and screen with under 720p resolution. For the rest you are wrong.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:59 9

4. LikeMyself (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


And you are supposed to give advice about better phone usage and yet post this scam app? Are u serious, pa? Cleanmaster gets positive phone reviews due to hidden code bots which automatically leave a positive review on play store without the owner knowing!!
Was revealed by Android authority some days ago I think!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:08 1

5. Busyboy (Posts: 533; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Link please?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:48

10. VyktorJonas (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


this!
70% of the apps in this list does nothing but occupy space on the phones
anti-virus? flashlight when the quickpanel probably already has one? RAM booster? wtf is wrong with the average joe???

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:12

42. nighthawk_al (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 May 2014)


They are dumba$$##ses man... I really can't get the point of that flashlight

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:46 2

8. VyktorJonas (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Grindr in the TOP10 of both lists
the thirst

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:54

19. ascendroger (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


I know right...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:13 1

11. OdysseasP (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)


When the vast majority of people buy entry level Android smartphones with 1GB of RAM then Clean Master is vital in order for someone to do even the most basic tasks on their smartphone. In addition,especially in the case of Android, the OS is designed in such a way so that it will keep apps open in RAM so that users have quick access to them, meaning that even if someone isn't using all the apps these consume RAM anyway. The exact opposite from the PC, in which case only the programs which are open use RAM. The downside by doing so, is that PC users have to wait each time they want to open and start using a new application, while in the case of Android the applications open much faster since they are already preloaded in RAM. From the above, it becomes evident that Android is desined in such a way so that it needs at least 2GB of RAM in order to function properly, which is double what the entry level handsets have.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:02

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 5067; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Then you fight the OS and all gains are temporary at best. Cleanmaster is now fighting the OS, making the OS work harder both in cpu and ram usage....this will not make an already slow phone faster it will simply bog it down. I see this every single day as a worker at a carrier, my phone is slow even after I exchanged it...well that leon was crap before now you got Cleanmaster and other crap bogging it down even more.

I am not saying it won't have some good effects, I have however, yet to see any benefits for a customer.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:50

45. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


You know what? I install CM, clean cache and after that uninstall it.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:49

47. elitewolverine (Posts: 5067; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have seen people do that a lot, I usually just do the phones built in clean cache either at startup etc.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:29 1

12. waqas.mehmood2 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


Android is laggy i love apple ios

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:54 1

20. ascendroger (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


It doesn't show at all.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:11 1

15. cnour (Posts: 563; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Yes Android needs to be cleaned every minutes. Hahahahaha

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:37

27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3754; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You're the guy in the nuthouse who stares at the wall all day and laughs to himself aren't you?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:32 2

16. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Wow...an damn Antivirus on the second spot LOL

what the.....F...So the top 2 most used are scam apps

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:19

25. BRYLYNT (Posts: 79; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


So the majority of people in a given group arent very smart... Makes sense because most people are dumb as f**k.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:28

26. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I like the app but more often than not it's causing the phone to freeze up and have to pull the battery.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:45

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 5067; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I hate that app, everytime I see it install on a customers phone, I tell them to get rid of it. Why? because I check the install date and they complain that since that time their phone has been s**t, this includes any battery doc like apps and anything made by CM. I have yet to find a phone that actually works like before the apps were installed.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 22:27

30. mm007 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


samsung uses 'something' of this app in their Smart Manager app since Galaxy S5. You can see in system apps list named Cheetah mobile which is the creator of Clean Master I guess.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:54

46. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Now available on S4 too. But it is totally different than originak CM. They use only some parts and adding new featurea like apps optimization in Battery.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 06:29

33. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


So.. is Clean Master a good app to have or not? O.o

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:04 1

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 5067; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


when a customer has complained of a poor performing phone, I will find Clean Master, CM Security, 360 Security, Battery doc, and other variations either by themselves or in pairs. Uninstalling, clearing the cache, and rebooting the phone has fixed all their complaints. I have yet to see it actually work like the customer is hoping.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:46 1

37. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 364; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


Nah,
It is famous because it has an enormous ads claiming that will make phones better, also as far as I read from several sites on comments, many says that after Cheetah Mobile bought the app, the app become very bad ,the same thing is for QuickPic .
Instead check these apps : Greenify, SD Maid Pro , Cache Cleaner (e.g. by JRummy) , app2sd , DiskUsage (or Disk & Storage Analyzer Pro)

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 07:47

34. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Can't see why it would be surprising to anyone that the two most used Android apps are to clean up junk and improve security.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:55

41. Rifqiandi (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2015)


Eh, iBoys (and probably winBoy) keep saying that Android suck, it lag, it needs to be cleaned every single minute, bla bla bla..

You yourself ignoring about your own phone being laggy.

Every phone does lag, and that includes the latest iphones. You can't ignore that fact. Not much people knew this fact, especially iBoy..

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