The tag on the product boxes drew a lot of attention and left people wondering why the Chinese OEM would put it in their packaging.
Plenty of tech enthusiasts including Michael Josh of GadgetMatch called it Google’s way to throw shade at Huawei phones which did not have Google apps installed. But was it really there to throw shade at another Chinese manufacturer?
Xiaomi has clarified that the retail packaging statement is Google’s requirement.
According to the company, Google stated that all smartphone manufacturers are required to put the statement if the device ships with Google Apps.
Due to the confusion in China, Xiaomi quickly released a statement and clarified the reasoning behind the controversial copy.
The statement is in Chinese and here is the rough translation:
The agreement mentioned in the press release pertains to the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). MADA is the contract that smartphone manufacturers sign to be able to distribute their devices with Google software.
With Xiaomi’s statement, it was clear that their contract expired and the new MADA mandated the inclusion of the controversial copy on its device packaging.
More companies are now expected to have the tag after Xiaomi’s revelation.
The intent of the copy was to inform the public that certain devices include Google Apps that are not part of the Google Mobile Services (GMS) core applications.
The default GMS includes Google App, Google PlayStore, Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, and Youtube. Other applications that, when installed, require the copy, are Google Pay, Google Podcast, Google One, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, and many more that are within Google’s ecosystem.
Google’s intention with the clause is still unclear. Besides, having an Android phone is already synonymous with using Google Apps unless a better third-party software for the user’s needs comes along.
Featured image courtesy of Xiaomi.
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