Google has 'blocked' this Xiaomi app, here’s why

Google has 'blocked' this Xiaomi app, here’s why?

Quick app blocked by play protect

Google has reportedly blocked Xiaomi’s ‘Quick apps’ application. Google is said to have has blocked the app as per its Play Protect policy. This has been reported by several users of Xiaomi devices on Twitter and Reddit. Some of these users have claimed that they recieved pop-up from Play Protect saying, “This app can collect data that could be used to track you." The message appeared when these users tried to update the app via system app updater. 

Google seems to have blocked the ‘Quick apps’ app after an update was rolled out on November 14.

The issue has been reported by a number of Xiaomi users in the past week alone. Most of Xiaomi smartphone users have posted screenshots of the instance on Twitter and Reddit.

Google Play Protect is blocking the app from installing the update with a message saying, "This app can collect data that could be used to track you." It is important to note that Google Play Protect serves as a layer of protection between Android users and harmful apps. While Google certifies apps before they become available on Play Store, the restrictions are not as stringent as the one followed by Apple.

In the case of Quick Apps, the system application is being updated via "System apps updater" option in Settings. We have reached out to Google to understand how this app violates its policy.

 For the time being, it could be based on a report that showed 'Quick Apps' has access to over 55 system-level permissions. Back in April, this same app was reportedly to have permissions allowing it to install unregistered apps without notifying the users.

 It was also able to record confidential information like IMEI, IMSI, SIM numbers. The app was also found to be capable of recording audio, video and calls of users. Xiaomi denies any wrongdoing by the app but for now, Google seems to be blocking it nonetheless.

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