There’s no need to say that Xiaomi is not a stranger when it comes to offering phones with tons of pre-installed apps. But things would have been much better if those were just first-party apps. In addition to those, the phones pack loads of unnecessary third-party apps. And things became much worse for some select phones released recently.
Kacper Skrzypek, MIUI Polska writer and code sleuth, noted on Twitter that some of the versions of MIUI are now coming with three pre-installed browsers. That means if you purchase a Xiaomi phone now, you are likely to find your phone coming with more unnecessary apps than ever.
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So, some Xiaomi phones with special versions of MIUI are now coming with Opera Browser pre-installed. This claim is further echoed by others who have phones with the same MIUI versions. According to them, their phones now have more bloatware apps than ever before.
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To be specific, this MIUI change is applicable to Xiaomi phones that have an Indian version of the ROM. But that does not mean you will see extra bloatware if you are using a device with global ROMs. According to Skrzypek, the Opera app is also now available in global ROMs!
But there is a piece of good news for you if you are using a Xiaomi device with a global MIUI ROM. You will be able to uninstall the bloatware and free up some storage. However, if you are in Indian ROM, you are out of luck. The Opera browser can not be uninstalled in that version of MIUI.
Want to know which global Xiaomi phones are affected? According to the tweet, the Opera app is not present in the global ROMs of Russia, Taiwan, and Europe. So, if you plan on buying a Xiaomi smartphone from those markets, you are likely to be safe from the triple browser MIUI bloatware.