Back in June, the Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps under Section 69A of the IT act. The move was announced on the grounds of posing threats to data security and privacy thereby threatening the sovereignty and security of the country.
A lot of China-branded smartphones from Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo etc come with their own custom UI and pre-loaded apps that are included in the list of banned apps. Today, Xiaomi India took to Twitter to announce that the banned apps which include Mi Browser, Mi Video Call and Mi Community will be removed from its devices.
Xiaomi to release MIUI version without banned Chinese apps
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.
Please read & spread the news. pic.twitter.com/I1WPAkXVWi
— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) August 7, 2020
In an open letter, Xiaomi confirmed that it will soon release a new version of MIUI which will not include any of the blocked apps. It will be rolled out in a phased manner over the next few weeks. Xiaomi added that it may take some time for the update to reach the user’s device. New and upcoming Xiaomi smartphones will ship with the pre-installed new version of MIUI.
Xiaomi also clarified that its MIUI Cleaner app is different from the Clean Master app that has been banned by the Indian government. “MIUI has its own Cleaner app and we are not using the blocked Clean Master app. Since this might be confusing, we are removing these definitions from the updated MIUI Cleaner app,” the company said in a statement. Users can manually update the Cleaner app in settings by going to System Apps Updater,
Xiaomi also claimed that since 2018, 100 percent of Indian users data is stored on Indian servers and that none of it leaves the country. In other news, the Indian Government is evaluating additional 275 Chinese apps that could be banned if found violating national security and user privacy.