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Original story (published on August July 17, 2020) follows:

Xiaomi is having a tough time in India as it is trying to avoid being caught in the crossfire between India and China’s growing tensions. It’s no secret that Xiaomi is a China-based company. Thus, users are now a lot more concerned about the privacy and security of Xiaomi devices.

The company recently launched the Poco M2 Pro in India. But unlike previous launches which often got positive feedback, this launch was surrounded by a lot of negative coverage. This was due to the Poco M2 Pro privacy issues that we reported about earlier. In response to which Poco India penned an open letter.

Cut to now, a follow-up of the situation has been shared by C Manmohan, General Manager at Poco India. In the letter addressed to Poco fans, the company expresses their gratitude to fans for the overwhelming interest in the M2 Pro’s first sale.

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Further, the letter also includes more information about the privacy concerns. According to this, users will now be able to uninstall any application that has been blocked by the Government of India. Previously, such applications could not be uninstalled.

Moreover, Poco is now working on a new factory image for the Poco M2 Pro. This new firmware/build will not come with any of the pre-installed applications that have been banned. Moreover, the Cleaner app issue is also being evaluated according to the company.

Xiaomi also responded to the Clean Master application issue for all MIUI devices. So it appears as though the company is doing its best to steer clear of the controversy it got itself stuck in.


On the note of new software, Poco is set to roll out MIUI 12 for the Poco F1 whereas the F2 Pro MIUI 12 stable build is now rolling out.

In the meantime, you can check out our MIUI 12 update tracker to know when it arrives on your device. Further, stay tuned to PiunikaWeb for more updates on the situations.

Update 1 (August 18)

According to Xiaomi, a new MIUI update will be released for a host of different Mi, Redmi, and Poco devices that will enable users to manually uninstall the Mi Browser Pro app from their devices. See the full story here.

Update 2 (August 25)

It appears that the stable MIUI 12 update has restored the banned Clean Master definition on the Poco X2 in India. Xiaomi/Poco has not yet made any official comment on the matter. For more details, head here.

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Dwayne Cubbins
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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.

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