Xiaomi will continue to pre-install Google's Phone and Messages apps on global devices

Vlad, 03 January 2020

Starting with (and including) the Mi 9T Pro, all Xiaomi smartphones that launch internationally are shipping with Google's Phone and Messages apps. This change has finally been acknowledged by Xiaomi on its official forums today, and it's definitely been a long time coming.

Thus, if you have a Xiaomi handset running a Global or EEA ROM, you no longer have MIUI Dialer and Messaging installed. The Chinese company is giving up on these and using Google's alternatives due to "privacy laws and restrictions around the globe". Xiaomi continues to explain that Google's Phone and Messages use Google Mobile Services, which is obvious and doesn't really get into the nitty gritty.

Xiaomi will pre-install Google's Phone and Messages apps on global devices

We assume Xiaomi preferred this solution to making sure its own MIUI Dialer and Messaging apps comply with the various privacy regulations across all territories where it's selling its products. This change is not expected to be retrofitted to those models that launched internationally before the Mi 9T Pro.

The situation means that if you're stuck with Google's apps you won't be able to record calls, although Xiaomi's team promises that function will return before the end of this year.

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  • RRizMughl

am recently using Redmi note 8. the phone is classy only thing is call recording issue. call records on mp3 format instead of amr format which increases the size of saved call and am not able to transfer it on any social media due to bigger size. ...

  • N1ck

I'm really dissapointed about the new google pre default apps. They did a big mistake, this is my last time buying a phone from them. I bought a few, but they really f*** up this time. Better pay more for what you want, than less and having some ugly...

  • N1ck

I just bought today a Note 8 Pro, and i'm really dissapointed because of the missing of MIUI apps. It's a good phone for it's price but i can buy a more expensive one instead of having those ugly Google apps :)