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

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It is believed that the CM File manager and Kika keyboard had malicious codes to create fake click impressions via users to generate ad revenue.

Last week, a report emerged that two apps-CM File manager and Kika keyboard-made by Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech, respectively are involved in ad fraud.

Like clockwork, Google today released its annual list of Android's best applications and games of 2018.

The phenomenon, loosely termed as "click fraud", originates from the fee app developers pay to their partners.

Best Hidden Gems: pen pal app Slowly; Unfold, an app that offers templates for Instagram Stories; augmented reality drawing app Just a Line; dream guide and recorder Luci; and musical language-learning app Learn Spanish with Lirica. These "bounties", said to be in the range of 50 cents (Rs 35 approx.) to $3 (Rs 215 approx.), in order to promote app installations.

The report said that during this process, the partners for a developer would include the network that created the app, and the platform through which the app was distributed. 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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Another new tool for Flutter developers is Codemagic, which was built by a company called Codemagic and automates the process of building and packaging apps for both Android and iOS from a single automation.

Cheetah Mobile in a press release has put the blame on third-party SDK developers who use the former's platform and have no control over it. 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.

Google is also announcing other third-party integrations with Flutter, including an integration from mobile payment company Square that makes it easier to accept payments. However, Kochava also pointed the finger at big money-makers like Clean Master.

"Flutter enables you to build lovely apps", Tim Sneath, Group Product Manager for Flutter, wrote in a blog post released on Tuesday.

In its early days, Flutter focused on building new apps from scratch, but since it has become too popular, developers now want to squeeze in codes to the existing apps and modernize them.