Indian government, in June, had imposed a ban on 59 Chinese apps on the grounds of rising border tensions with China. Shenzhen-based smartphone company Realme has now announced that it would release an over-the-air (OTA) update on all its existing models to uninstall Cheetah Clean Master (one of the banned apps) backed ‘Clean Up Storage’, by early August.
Further, the company stated that its upcoming models would not feature any banned apps.
While the user can uninstall banned apps like UC Browser, ‘Clean up Storage’ is deeply integrated within the system UI.
Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth took to Twitter today stating that the company would seriously consider all the enquiries regarding the pre-installed apps on its smartphones.
The company reiterated that it has never shared user data with any of the apps, protect user’s privacy and also operate under the guidelines set by the GOI (Government of India).
Your Data Privacy is very important for us, and with “Dare to Leap” spirit, we have taken specific actions. pic.twitter.com/7GtVM5tOA1
— Madhav (@MadhavSheth1) July 23, 2020
Further, the tweet said that if users wanted such features, they could install a third-party app from the Play Store. The company’s upcoming models Realme 6i and others will not feature any application from the 59 banned apps.
In a user’s query to get rid of apps like Hot Games, Hot Apps and App Market, the company responded that it was “constantly working to improve user experience.”