Realme has issued a press release regarding concerns about data privacy and prohibited applications shipped with its smartphones. In a statement shared by the company ‘s CEO, Madhav Sheth, at Twitter, the manufacturer assures its users that it has never shared user data with any entity. However, the company will follow the instructions of the Indian government.
According to the company, users have the option to remove a pre-installed application. In addition, a future OTA update will come for all existing models by August to remove the “Clean up Storage” feature. Users who require the feature should do so with a third-party application from the Play Store. You can read the company statement below:
“Dear friends of the media,
We hope you and your families are doing well and everything is safe in the end.
We recently received questions about some pre-installed applications on a Realme smartphone. As a responsible brand, we take all your comments very seriously and with the spirit “Dare to jump”, we always act with real, specific and immediate action.
The confidentiality of your data is extremely important to Realme and we have never disclosed user data to any entity, Realme always complies with the rules and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it operates and will follow the instructions given by the Government. For all existing models. In case any user wants to remove a pre-installed application, the Realme smartphone gives them the option to remove it. For the relevant feature of the “Clean up Storage” system. We will also be releasing OTA updates on all existing models to remove this feature by early August. If users need such features, they can select a third-party application from the PlayStore.
We would also like to point out that your upcoming Realme 6i and other upcoming smartphones will not have a pre-installed application from the banned list of applications and we ask you to update your software via OTA if you experience any problems.
Thank you for contacting us and allowing us to share our views and we hope to receive the support you have always shown. “
According to the company, the upcoming Realme 6i (European Realme 6s) and other upcoming phones will not be shipped with any of the banned applications. The Realme 6i will be released tomorrow in India.
One month ago, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok. However, some of the apps on this list were pre-installed by several smartphone makers. This led to queries from users. Realme’s announcement comes just weeks after Poco released its own data privacy response. The Xiaomi subsidiary also removed all banned applications from its devices.