Latest Redmi K20 Pro MIUI 12 update lets Indian users uninstall Mi Browser, Mi Video, & probably more banned apps
Unlike iOS that’s built and maintained by Apple, the Android side of things is a little more convoluted.
The platform boasts of hundreds of different OEMs, all trying to outmatch each other in their approach to building or selling smartphones. Some sell cheaper devices, some focus on software experience, and so on.
A decent strategy that really works for users is having a brand be as consumer-oriented as possible, listening to customers and addressing their requests and wishes.
Back in September, we saw the Indian government come out to ban dozens of Chinese apps from its territory amid the ongoing tension between India and China.
As a result, we saw phone makers like Realme and Xiaomi who had some of these banned apps preinstalled push out updates that got rid of the said apps.
In some instances, Xiaomi has been a little slower in complying with this directive from the Indian government. This prompted users (1,2) to take on social media platforms in a bid to push Xiaomi to comply.
please give us an option to uninstall or atleast disable all the bloatwares that miui possess. we don’t need mi browser,mi pay,mi video in our devices. I hv also seen clean master on my k20 pro device even after being listed as banned apps in India.
so I fixed it myself Relieved face permanently removed it from my device including with mi browser and mi mover! Thanks for your bad service
Well, it looks like all this public shaming has yielded fruits as users of the Redmi K20 Pro can now uninstall many of the banned apps that were preinstalled.
This follows a MIUI 12 update that brought with it the September 2020 security patch.
According to a number of users, MIUI V188.8.131.52 update to the K20 Pro allows users to uninstall many of Xiaomi’s preinstalled apps including the Mi Browser, Mi Video among others.
A New update starts rolling out for Redmi K20 Pro with September security patch and banned apps are removed
What is still unclear at this point is if users are able to uninstall other bloatware apps that were not banned by the Indian government.
All in all, it is very refreshing to see a company as big as Xiaomi bending to the will of governments. It is also commendable for Xiaomi to listen to its user and implement such options.
NOTE: We have these and many more Xiaomi stories in our dedicated Xiaomi section.
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