Xiaomi makes iMessage alternative opt-in after controversy




Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi makes his iMessage alternative Cloud Messaging opt-in after fuss over a Xiaomi phone would send it to a server in China’s private data. These data were needed for the operation of the service, said the manufacturer.

Xiaomi switches the service as soon as the user stops a SIM card in the device, writes Xiaomi CEO Hugo Barra on Google+. Thereby sends a Xiaomi device indeed data to China before a user has given explicit purpose, such as F-Secure permission noted . To avoid that Xiaomi Sunday sends an over-the-air update from those that should occur, says Barra. Then Cloud Messaging works only after users consent. Before

Barra, a former chief executive of Google, explains that Xiaomi his aircraft Cloud Messaging has it enabled a feature where users of Miui can send via SMS app. Each other messages at no charge automatically That’s something that Apple also provides for some time via iMessage.

The Chinese manufacturer is more recent times under a magnifying glass, it now appears that it is the fifth largest supplier of smartphones in the world. As was recently fined in Taiwan due to the exaggeration of the stock units. Xiaomi delivered in the spring more smartphones than better-known competitors such as LG, Sony, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry, but had to Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo to let go.


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