Xiaomi India Head Says It Will Bring Updated MIUI Excluding Banned Apps

Alonzo Simpson
August 9, 2020

Now the company has assured that none of the blocked apps will be available by default on future Xiaomi phones. While tensions are high, the Indian government made a move to initially ban 59 Chinese apps and services followed by 47 more apps from being used in the country, citing national security and privacy concerns.

The new MIUI update will be built without any of the blocked apps being pre-installed, which is a massive step towards a world without bloatware.

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Xiaomi promises that going forward, all of the phones it sells in the country will receive the updated version of MIUI that gets rid of the pre-installed banned apps. Today the smartphone manufacturer posted a message on Twitter, revealing a MIUI update is scheduled to hit all devices, removing all blocked apps and clarifying that MIUI Cleaner isn't among them.

Smartphone brand Xiaomi, on Friday said that it is fully compliant with government's orders since the banned mobile applications can not be accessed on its devices and reserves the right of legal action against false accusations against the company. According to the company, the Mi Cleaner app was "only using the definitions that are vital to the functioning of our cleaner app". "Even before it was mandated, we pioneered data localization for all Xiaomi India apps and users". Xiaomi further said that since 2018, 100% data of Indian users are stored on servers that are located in India and "none of this data is shared with anyone outside of India". He added that "Xiaomi reserves the right to take legal action against untrue accusations of its non-compliance with government orders". MIUI has its own Cleaner app and the company will remove the mention of "industry definitions" that might confuse its users. Lastly, Xiaomi says that all upcoming smartphones will come with updated software, meaning it will not include any of the banned apps.

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