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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Marybeth Burns, Feb 25, 2022.

  1. Marybeth Burns

    Thread Starter

    I've been given many different viewpoints regarding cm launchers safety on androids. Can anyone give me some reliable information as to whether or not cm launcher harms your phone? I know they were pulled from play store. Thank you.
     



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  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I'm pretty sure a launcher app couldn't do actual physical harm to a phone. But Cheetah Mobile apps could seriously harm your privacy and/or your sanity...
    https://technode.com/2020/03/26/whats-to-blame-for-cheetah-mobile-downfall/
    ...also there's plenty of threads on AF about CM not been good.
     
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  3. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    I don't know if CM launcher is safe, but I see it's provided by Cheetah Mobile which has been linked to click fraud. They used to show users a fake warning that their device is infected with a virus so you'd install some other Cheetah Mobile app to solve the issue.

    I'm not sure if they still use deceptive tactics or not, but I wouldn't use one of their apps. There's plenty of great launchers to choose from.

    Googling "is cheetah mobile safe" comes up with plenty of articles on this topic.
     
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  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Cheetah Mobile are still around(in 2022), but they seem to have diversified into robots, information kiosk systems, and other AI for the domestic China market. Although the CM site still lists their infamous trojan spyware/adware nasties, like Clean Master.

    BTW is anyone actually still using AnTuTu benchmark? Because that's Cheetah Mobile.
     
    #4 mikedt, Feb 25, 2022
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  5. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    Do not dive into Cheetah Launcher,it did hurt my Z two ages ago :)
     
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  6. Marybeth Burns

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    That's all I needed to know. Thanks everyone. Appreciate your help.
     
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  7. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    Not a problem,go with Nova,ADW,if you have to pick one launcher out, or use the system's default one :)
     
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  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

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  10. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    hmmm never liked adw, but each to their own. nova is my jam.........been using it for over a decade now.
     
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  11. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    What about icon pack studio though?CAre to give it a go?
     
  12. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    i might try some different icons.......sure i'll try it out. might tinker with the phone this weekend.
     
  13. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    You will be hooked. :O Even without the pay of different colors and textures, I did around 300 on my tablet already.
     
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  14. Marybeth Burns

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  16. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    mmhmmm :) my dear AF sister @MoodyBlues got me hooked :)
     
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  17. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Here's a Cheetah Mobile robot kiosk I spotted yesterday. The head rotates so it can look at and face anyone who walks by, and it speaks, inviting possible customers to dine at the advertised Sichuan restaurant. And it can take food orders in advance as well.
    bot1.jpg
     
    #18 mikedt, Feb 28, 2022
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  18. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    A bit off topic but here is what I can do with Icon Studios:


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