Xiaomi introduces ‘MIUI Pure Mode’ to protect users from malicious apps

Xiaomi has recently been working tirelessly on improving MIUI, which is not only the company’s mobile operating system based on Android but also its first-ever product. Within this year alone, the Chinese company has released two new minor updates, namely MIUI 12.5 and MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition. Furthermore, it is also working on multiple other features. One of these latest features is ‘MIUI Pure Mode’.

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What Is MIUI Pure Mode?

MIUI Pure Mode is an optional feature that helps users in protecting themselves from malicious applications. Due to the open nature of Android, users can easily become a victim of an attack through hostile applications says the company.

It also explains that 40% of apps installed by MIUI users have never passed its security audit. Also, 10% have been recognized as potential risks. Pure Mode plans to address that by disabling sideloading of APKs by default and also background installation of apps, without the user’s consent and knowledge.

What this means is that once this feature is introduced, Xiaomi users will not be able to install apps from external sources. Also, it blocks any installation happening in the background without the consent of users.

However, users have a choice to enable this feature or disable it. Beta applications for Pure Mode are already being processed in China and test packages will be distributed starting September 6, at a rate of 1000 approved devices and beta testers per day for a total of 5 days.

For now, no word yet on when the stable version will be rolled out to the public, but we await more information on this in the coming weeks.

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