What Xiaomi, Redmi phone users should know about upcoming MIUI update

Ruben Fields
August 9, 2020

In an official statement Xiaomi noted, "We want to clarify that none of the apps blocked by the Indian Government are available for access on any Xiaomi phones launched in India". The banned apps include popular social media app TikTok, instant messaging app WeChat, as well as AliExpress, UCBrowser and Shein, to name a few.

Xiaomi also clarified a few details regarding its MIUI software, such as that its Cleaner app is not related to Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master, another app banned by the Indian government.

A new MIUI version will roll out to nearly all Mi and Redmi phones in India over the next few weeks.

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The open letter from Xiaomi India extended to embellish on the brand's agreement with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian Law. According to the company, the Mi Cleaner app was "only using the definitions that are vital to the functioning of our cleaner app". The app has been removed from Google Play store and App store.

Users can also update the app manually by going to Settings App system updater. Both of them even have native features powered by Chinese apps like Clean Master. They also stated that all of their Indian customers' personal information is stored in local servers and is not shared with anyone outside of India. We have also noticed some stray instances of misinformation being spread regarding the above points. He added that "Xiaomi reserves the right to take legal action against untrue accusations of its non-compliance with government orders". The company preloads a suite of its own apps onto phones it sells in India. MIUI has its own Cleaner app and the company will remove the mention of "industry definitions" that might confuse its users. "The update started rolling out in July 2020 and has now covered all POCO smartphones".

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