INTRO: Recently, Xiaomi and Realme have come under attack for having Chinese apps that were banned in India pre-installed on their phones. Both of them even have native features powered by Chinese apps like Clean Master.
Realme and Poco already made a political statement on the government’s directive and user complaints earlier last month. But, Xiaomi has taken to social media today to reveal that it’s performing on a replacement version of MIUI which will be freed from any of the banned Chinese apps.
Yeah, you heard that right.
The company has not only clarified that ‘none of the apps blocked by the Indian Government are available for access on any Xiaomi phone’. It also said that the upcoming MIUI update are going to be freed from any pre-installed Chinese app blocked in India. This means you won’t find apps like Helo and Clean Master on your Redmi or Mi device.
A new MIUI version will roll out to almost all Mi and Redmi phones in India over the next few weeks.
Xiaomi went on to clarify the presence of the ‘Clean Master’ branding within the Cleaner app in MIUI. The company says it’s a “common industry name employed by many app developers” which MIUI isn’t using the Cleaner app banned by our government. MIUI has its own Cleaner app and therefore the company will remove the mention of ‘industry definitions’ which may confuse its users.
1) None of the blocked apps will be available
2) MIUI Cleaner app is not using Clean Master app banned by Indian Govt.
3) 100% of Indian user data stays in India
A new version of MIUI coming soon.
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— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) August 7, 2020
I’m not fully convinced by this statement as MIUI’s Cleaner app clearly mentions that Clean Master by Cheetah Mobile powers the feature. It isn’t really a standard industry name from what I perceive. Finally, Xiaomi reiterates that it’s been following data localization policies for the past two years. All data from its Indian userbase is stored on servers within the country and none of it’s shared with ‘anyone outside of India,’ as you’ll read in the statement above.