APUS, an Android launcher by a Chinese team, claims they have gained 30 million installs, with 8 million daily active users, in two months since its launch. A couple of months ago few people knew where it came from and who were behind it. It turns out it’s from a startup founded as recently as in June by Li Tao, former vice president at Qihoo 360 and the lead of Qihoo’s international expansion.

A couple of days ago an anonymous source who claims he/she is former senior exec at Sungy Mobile, the company behind the famous Go Launcher, broke the news through a blog post that APUS is actually venture backed by Qihoo and had poached a senior technical engineer at Sungy Mobile. (post in Chinese)

Update: APUS has posted a statement on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo that reads they’re not venture backed by any domestic internet companies or senior management from those companies. The company has raised RMB100 million (about US$16mn) in funding from top global VC firms in June, according to the statement.

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

What you get

Full access to all premium content and our full archives

Members'-only newsletters

Preferential access and discounts to all TechNode events

Direct access to the TechNode newsroom

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com