Google blocks Xiaomi App to protect user data
New Delhi : In a bid to ensure complete data security of the users, Google has reportedly blocked the Xiaomi' 'Quick Apps' application in accordance to the Play Protect policies.
The move was implemented with an update from Google which was rolled on November 14.
According to several users, who posted screenshots online, a pop-up comes with a claim that this app may take your data before installing or updating the Xiaomi application.
Check some of the reactions from the users below:
What is this #miui ? Please respond. It popped up while updating quick apps framework from system apps updater. @manukumarjain @C4ETech @ShokeenSanchit @shimonips @sandeep9sarma @beebomco @atytse @RedmiIndia @MIUI_India @miuirom @GoogleIndia pic.twitter.com/wGI78USbEM— Sid✨™ (@fiyawave) November 14, 2019
For those who are not aware about what is Play protect, it is a way Google determines which apps are safe and secure for its users. "Google Play Protect helps you keep your device safe and secure. It runs a safety check on apps from the Google Play Store before you download them. It checks your device for potentially harmful apps from other sources. These harmful apps are sometimes called malware. It warns you about any detected potentially harmful apps found, and removes known harmful apps from your device. It warns you about detected apps that violate our Unwanted Software Policy by hiding or misrepresenting important information...," is how Google defines the Play Protect policy on its support website.
Google has not made any official comment on why they have blocked the application on its platform.
Notably, the app is not available on the Google Play Store but is part of Xiaomi's own MIUI ecosystem and therefore cannot be simply uninstalled. Google being the provider of the Android operating system scans any apps on all smartphones that make use of its Play Services. Earlier this month, Google partnered with three mobile security companies -- ESET, Lookout and Zimperium -- to create an ‘App Defense Alliance.’ Google said that it is doing this to “stop bad apps before they reach users’ devices.”