by two people and Reuters seen A government document appears to suggest that the Indian government is planning to force smartphone makers to remove pre-installed apps with new security rules and allow mandatory screening of major operating system updates. The new rules may push up the launch timeline in India and Samsung, Xiaomi, VIVO And apple, Including for big brands can bring loss in business by closing through earning through pre-installed apps.
A senior government official, one of two people who have seen the document, said India’s IT ministry is considering the new rules because of concerns about espionage and misuse of user data.
Explain that after the border clash between India and China in 2020, India started cracking down on Chinese companies, under which more than 300 Chinese apps including TikTok were also banned. The government has also intensified the investigation into the investment of some big Chinese firms.
Currently, most smartphones come with pre-installed apps that cannot be removed, such as Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s app store GetApps, Samsung’s payment app Samsung Pay Mini and iPhone maker Apple’s Safari browser.
Both people with knowledge of the plan said that under the new rules, smartphone makers will have to provide an uninstall option and their new models will be tested for compliance by a lab authorized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). At the same time, one of the two people said that the government is considering making it mandatory to screen every major operating system update before rolling it out to users.