- Xiaomi is testing a new system installation mode called “pure mode” to restrict side loading of Android applications on MIUI.
- Optional features are designed to enhance the security of Xiaomi phones.
Sideloading applications have long been one of the most desirable features in the Android ecosystem. This is one of the biggest factors that distinguish the platform from Apple’s iOS, which only allows users to install apps through the company’s official App Store. However, the practice of sideloading applications on Android devices is not without risks. Installing the wrong APK may cause malware to land on your Android phone. According to reports, in order to prevent this from happening, Xiaomi is testing a new feature called “Pure Mode” for MIUI.
according to IT House, Xiaomi is currently recruiting internal Beta testers for MIUI’s Pure Mode. This feature will allow users to prevent Android apps from being loaded on Mi phones. Once enabled, users will not be able to install APKs from unofficial sources and application repositories. Pure mode can also be disabled at any time.
In the introduction to the Pure Mode beta, Xiaomi wrote that 40% of the APKs downloaded on its mobile phones failed its security audit. At the same time, 10% of downloads are considered risky applications.
The main purpose of the new model is to prevent risks caused by accidental downloading of APKs, misoperations, and background installations. It will give users greater control over the applications they choose to install on their phones and ensure that they are willing to obtain these applications from legitimate sources.
There is no news about when the new Pure Mode will be officially unveiled on MIUI. Currently, Beta testing seems to be limited to China. We will update this article when we hear more about Pure Mode.