Chinese phone maker Xiaomi said that it is developing a new version of the operating system running on its phones which will not come pre-installed with any of the 59 apps that were banned by the Indian government in June. The company said that the update will roll out in a phased manner over the next few weeks. Going forward, all new and upcoming smartphones from Xiaomi India will have the updated software, the company said. “We continue to comply and adhere to all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law,” Xiaomi said.

Among the 59 ‘Chinese’ apps that were banned in India over national security concerns were Xiaomi’s video call app called Mi Video Call, and Mi Community. Both these apps come preinstalled in several Xiaomi phones. “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 company said.

Xiaomi also issued a clarification about its Clean Master app, and said that it is not the same app that was among the 59 banned apps. “Please note that ‘Clean Master’ is a common industry name, used by multiple app developers. MIUI has its own Cleaner app and we are not using the Clean Master app that has been blocked by the Indian government. MIUI cleaner app was only using industry definitions that are vital to the functioning of our cleaner app,” the company said

“Since this might be confusing for consumers, we are removing these definitions from the updated M11.11 Cleaner App. Users can also manually update the Cleaner app in Settings by going to System apps updater on their smartphones,” it added.

The company also said that it had noticed some “stray instances of misinformation” about its non-compliance with the governments directive, and added that it could initiate legal action against such untrue accusations.

Xiaomi’s full statement

Here’s Xiaomi’s full statement:

We hope you’re staying safe and taking all necessary precautions in these challenging times. We wanted to thank you for your overwhelmingly positive response to the recently launched Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 9 Prime.

We wanted to take this opportunity to update our community on a couple of important things regarding our data privacy and security. Xiaomi India has always upheld user privacy and security as the top priority for all our devices. The love and support from Mi Fans and customers over the last 6 years is a testament to their trust in our brand.

1. 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. Further, we are developing a new version of MIUI that will be built without pre-installation of any of the blocked apps. This will be rolling out in a phased manner over the next few weeks.

2. Regarding the Clean Master issue, please note that ‘Clean Master’ is a common industry name, used by multiple app developers. MIUI has its own Cleaner app and we are not using the Clean Master app that has been blocked by the Indian government. Mil cleaner app was only using industry definitions that are vital to the functioning of our cleaner app. Since this might be confusing for consumers, we are removing these definitions from the updated M11.11 Cleaner App. Users can also manually update the Cleaner app in Settings by going to System apps updater on their smartphones.

3. We continue to comply and adhere to all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law. Even before it was mandated, we pioneered data localisation for all of Xiaomi India apps and users. Since 2018, 100% of data from Indian users is stored on servers located in India and none of this data is shared with anyone outside of India.

Going forward, all new and upcoming smartphones from Xiaomi India will have the updated software. Developing software, testing it, and deploying it in smartphones is a time-consuming process and we appreciate your patience. With Xiaomi India, you can always be assured that the phones and software adhere to the highest industry standards.

We have also noticed some stray instances of misinformation being spread regarding the above points. Xiaomi reserves the right to take legal action against untrue accusations of its non-compliance with Government orders.