Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News reported how apps on the Play Store from the Chinese firm DO Global are regularly committed to click fraud – by automatically clicking on ads on behalf of users. ES File Manager may be part of the ongoing crackdown.
ES File Manager is a well-known file manager, although its popularity has waned in recent years as It passed from developer to developer. The developer was most recently listed as 'ES Global' on the Play Store, although the app is actually owned by 'Du Global'. As the LinkedIn confirms, Du is a subdivision of DO Global, the company is currently intertwined in a click fraud scandal.
The ES File Manager is prominently displayed on Du's website.
We've reached out to Du Global to ask why the app was removed, but it could have been one of the apps violating Play Store policies.
If you are looking for a replacement, Solid Explorer and Files by Google are my personal favorites.