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

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



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

13. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

17. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

18. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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

31. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

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

32. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

38. Rifqiandi

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 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

39. Rifqiandi

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 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

21. HildyJ

Posts: 341; Member since: Aug 11, 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).

3. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

22. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 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?

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

40. Rifqiandi

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 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

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

23. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 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.

9. VyktorJonas

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 26, 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

24. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 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.

44. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

43. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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!

5. Busyboy

Posts: 736; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Link please?

10. VyktorJonas

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 26, 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???

42. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

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

8. VyktorJonas

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Grindr in the TOP10 of both lists the thirst

19. ascendroger

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

I know right...

11. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

45. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

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