QuickPic was a popular gallery app replacement. It seemed that everyone was using it. Heck, I was using it! Everybody was living together in harmony.

Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attack…

QuickPic is now up on the Play Store under a new name. Cheetah Mobile. The issue with this is that Cheetah Mobile is responsible for bringing us apps like Clean Master and CM Speed Booster.

As any true Android fanatic can tell you, apps like this are snake oil and really have no purpose in existence except to take your money or shove ads in your face. Cheetah Mobile tends to do the former.

Any app developer who publishes apps similar to Clean Master or CM Speed Booster automatically lose my trust. If they are shamelessly taking advantage of naïve users in that manner, what else are their apps doing in the background?

At the very least, we expect Cheetah Mobile to shove ads all over QuickPic distracting from the users photos.

QuickPic, now apart of Cheetah Mobile, is no longer a trustworthy app in my eyes. Nor in the eyes of many other users out there like Lucas Freeman, Senior Administrator of Swappa.com.


 Francisco Franco decided to capitalize on this. Franco is highly respected developer in the Android root community. He has brought us goodies like the franco.Kernel, Peek and Servicely. Franco has recognized the shattered trust of QuickPic users and has now offered up his own gallery app, Focus, up as a solution and slapped a 30% off sale on premium features.

This clever bit of marketing is sure to bring in many new customers for Franco. In fact, I just purchased Focus last night as I escaped the clutches of Cheetah Mobile.

Congrats to Francisco Franco on this stock of marketing genius and shame on QuickPic for selling out to Cheetah Mobile.

Sure, we could all just be being paranoid, but Android users are generally skittish and over protective of their data. This is just one example of that paranoia, and Focus really is a sweet gallery app. You should check it out now if you haven’t already!

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Oh yeah, did we mention it has Material Design? What are you waiting for? Go! Go! Go! At least check it out, it is free after all. The 30% sale is just for premium features that you probably don’t even need.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I think there’s some misinformation here. I have a few of Cheetah Mobile’s apps installed on my phone. Yes, there’s ads, but they’ve never “taken” my money. The free model has a trade off. Free apps for ads. Actually, a quick Google search tells me Cheetah Mobile’s native ads were used as a case study by Facebook. They don’t seem terribly disruptive to me.

  2. Yes in exchange for putting an ad on your lock screen you get the benefit of fake speed increases? Sounds like a good deal to me. Oh yeah bonus of them collecting your personal data. I’d personally prefer to just change my wallpaper to a picture of the word “faster”. At least as effective and much safer, never mind zero ads

  3. Isn’t “shame on QuickPic for selling out to Cheetah Mobile” a bit harsh?
    It’s disappointing, absolutely – QuickPic was my goto for gallery and has been for years, so it’s annoying that I may need to find a replacement, but the developer of QuickPic can do whatever he likes with his software. It’s not shameful to want to sell something that you’ve put hard work into. If I created something that people liked and I was offered a heap of cash for it (assuming it was a heap – I have no idea), I’d sure be considering and probably also be selling it.

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