Earlier this year, Google removed a number of applications from the Play Store, including multiple benchmark apps from AnTuTu. These apps allowed users to test device performance, but Google cracked down on the tools due to their association with the notorious Cheetah Mobile. It reached the point where users trying to sideload the AnTuTu APK ran into warnings about the dangers it could pose. Despite all that, to this day you can still download apps claiming to be AnTuTu benchmarks from the Play Store — but these fakes are not the real deal. Read More
AnTuTu is quickly becoming one of the most popular benchmarks on Android, and for good reason: the devotion of its developer to providing timely updates is admirable (even if his talent for GUI design isn't... at all). The bump to version 3.0 brings a host of major changes, including a brand-new OpenGL ES 2.0 3D benchmark, along with a new 2D benchmark specifically for testing (wait for it) 2D gaming performance.
The UI has apparently been updated, too, but that's sort of like spotting the rearranged living room furniture in an episode of Hoarders.
Of course, benchmarks aren't really about aesthetics (well, maybe Vellamo is), so much as they are numbers. Read More