“Google Play Protect is blocking Xiaomi’s ‘Quick Apps’ app, which comes pre-installed on all Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones, for collecting user data”
Xiaomi’s MIUI is known for its heavy customisations and numerous pre-loaded apps that push UI advertisements, for which the company is widely criticised. The Chinese brand says it’s a revenue model and would also help it aggressively price its handsets. Among the tens of default apps, this one particular app seems to be not gelling well with Google’s policies. The app in question is Xiaomi’s Quick Apps, which is seemingly being blocked by Google Play Protect for collecting personal data to show personalised ads. Multiple users have reported on social media about this warning from Google Play Protect when updating Quick Apps, which reads “This app can collect data that could be used to track you.“
Why the quick apps is got blocked by the play protect?— Vyas Yalamudi (@vyas_yalamudi) November 14, 2019
There is a app update in system app updater and while installing the quick apps got blocked by play protect. @XiaomiIndia @s_anuj @manukumarjain @cmanmohan pic.twitter.com/NBe6vYWxSd
Though the app isn’t available in the Google Play Store and only comes pre-installed on Xiaomi’s smartphones, Google Play Protect still scans all the apps installed for malware on a smartphone that has Play Services installed even if they’re sideloaded. This particular app requires multiple user permissions, including Calendar, Call logs, Camera, Contacts, Location, Microphone, SMS, Storage and Telephone. But it also reportedly has access to the IMEI number, SIM numbers, tower detail numbers, user credentials, and can record audio and video.
Furthermore, the app is said to save the information it gathers to temporary storage and later upload it to online endpoints. Xiaomi would then push targeted ads across pre-loaded apps and in the UI. However, the app was available for a long time on Xiaomi phones but is only blocked now by Google Play Protect from installing post the latest V18.104.22.168 update. If users still wish to install the update they can, but we advise you against it until more information is available in this matter.