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Xiaomi supposedly disables the Clean Master app across its lineup in India

Cheetah Mobile's app suite has come under fire recently. (Source: NDTV)
Cheetah Mobile's app suite has come under fire recently. (Source: NDTV)
Xiaomi confirmed a short while ago that it would finally remove the Clean Master app and service from its phones in India, following the ban of the app by the government. The promised update has arrived for the Mi Cleaner app but things may not always be as they seem.
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Xiaomi phones typically ship with Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master app, but it appears that may have changed. When quizzed on the matter by a user, the Chinese company confirmed that would remove all traces of the Clean Master app from its lineup across India.

I would like to inform you that you will get an update for a cleaner app, the new version is 4.1.2 which will take care of the removing extension Clean master. These updates will be pushed via system updater.

Also, as the Security app in MIUI phones used uses plug-in/definition of Clean Master which is one among the 59 apps banned by Indian Govt. We are not using the Clean Master app directly instead the service is used in the name of Cleaner under the Security app. Hence, users don’t have an option to uninstall Clean Master. So, Xiaomi is pushing a Soft Update (Update happens in the background without any notification) to remove the Clean Master Service from the Security app.

Once the update is automatically applied, our users will continue to see the Cleaner section in the Security app but it will not be the one from Clean Master instead it will use Xiaomi’s own Cleaning definition.

This should come as no surprise, as Clean Master was listed among the 59 apps banned by the Indian government a few weeks ago. Xiaomi claims it will transition from using the Clean Master service to its own in-house built app. 

Indeed, the update to the Mi Cleaner app already rolled out a few days ago, with the version number "4.1.2", which was supposed to remove the Clean Master service. It's unknown if it's actually done that, however, as all it seems to have done is remove the definition option.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-07-15 (Update: 2020-07-15)
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