Mi Browser and Baidu join the list of Chinese Apps that were banned in India. After imposing a ban on several Chinese Apps in the last few months. Now, the Indian government bans two more Apps from Indian Playstore- Mi Built-in Browser and Chinese search engine App Baidu.
“We do not see a direct and immediate impact on Xiaomi devices, but it is critical for the company’s brand image”, said by Tarun Pathak Associate Director, Counterpoint Research.
“Xiaomi has been upfront and quite open about certain issues within the past so we assume an identical move for this development yet,” he added.
Why Mi Browser is banned?
According to the Indian Express report, A Xiaomi Spokesman said “Xiaomi continues to comply and adhere to all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law”.
“we are working towards understanding the event and can take appropriate measures as needed . As part of the process, we will work with key stakeholders for an opportunity to make our submissions.” he added.
In June, the Indian government has banned 59 Chinese Apps under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act including ByteDance’s video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser, and Xiaomi’s Mi Community app. After this Indian government banned more 47 Apps that were working as clones of banned Apps. According to reports, the Indian government also examines a list of over 250 apps that includes huge popular apps such as PUBG, AliExpress, ByteDance’s Resso ULike, Ludo World, and Xiaomi’s Zili.
As you already know, Xiaomi is the #1 smartphone brand in India with more than 30% market share and sold 10 crore smartphones last year. The ban on Mi Browser may affect the reputation of Chinese Smartphone maker This is a developing story, and that we will keep you updated, as more details are available .