CCleaner for Android released by Piriform

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CCleaner is a popular temporary file cleaning software  for Windows and Mac computer systems. The company behind the product has released a beta version of CCleaner for Android that interested users can download to their devices.

It is unfortunately necessary to complete the following steps before the beta download becomes available. Head over to the company's Google Plus profile page and join the community there.

Once you have done that, visit the store page and click on become a tester. Once that has been completed, you can click on download CCleaner from the Play Store to download the latest version of the application to your Android device.

As far as compatibility is concerned, CCleaner for Android is compatible with all Android versions from 1.6 up and does not require any special permissions to run.

CCleaner for Android review

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The program displays the free space and used space to you on start. The only options that you have here is to tap on the analyze button to scan the system for temporary files and old data that can be removed to free up space, and to open two additional tools that the developers have integrated into their application.

The analysis takes a couple of seconds and results are displayed to you while the scan is still running. CCleaner lists several data storage locations such as cache, the browser history or call logs, and the size in Megabytes or the number of items that you can remove.

All you have to do now is to check the items that you want removed from your system and hit the clean button afterwards. This won't work right now in the latest version. While you can tap on the items while the device is scanned, all interaction with the application interface appears to be blocked once the scan has been completed.

This means that you cannot use the app currently for what it has been designed for.

You can tap on individual data locations or items to display what will be removed from the device, but that too only works during the scan and not once the scan has finished.

It is very likely that the company will release a bug fix soon.

The two other modules that you get access to are an app manager and a system info module.

The app manager displays installed and system applications to you. Each app is listed with its name and size on the device, and options to uninstall it.

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You can tap on apps here to display detailed information about the apps' storage use on the device. It is interesting to note that this works as advertised and without any issues.

The system info tool displays only basic information about the device's storage and RAM usage, and the battery.

Verdict

CCleaner for Android is available as a beta version currently, and the minute you run the application you notice why. It simply won't work right now. It is a bit surprising that Piriform did not catch the bug during quality tests as it is as obvious as it can be.

The program needs some polishing as well, both in terms of the scanning and cleaning process, but also when it comes to the other modules that it offers.

For now, it is not really superior to other Android apps such as Android Cleaner. While the name helps spread the word, the app has to deliver to stand a chance against existing solutions on the system.

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Responses to CCleaner for Android released by Piriform

  1. Jay April 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks for the heads up on this, Martin. I wish they would also release a version for Linux.

  2. Chris April 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Nice to see them going mobile, but they've got a formidable competitor in Clean Master.

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