On September 27, Xiaomi, the smartphone maker and Android-based service provider, announced to remove all the apps by Qihoo from Xiaomi App Store, the built-in Android app store in Xiaomi smartphones, for it was found that a push notification sent to users of 360 Mobile Assistant, an app by Qihoo for users to download and manage mobile apps, suggest them uninstall the Android-based Xiaomi App Store.

Later on the same day, Baidu issued a statement accusing Qihoo of doing the same thing to Baidu Maps, planning to sue Qihoo.

Qihoo responded later saying it is a new feature that reminds users to remove pre-installed apps (statement in Chinese) — it asks users to root Android devices before removing those apps. Qihoo’s explanation is many pre-installed apps are seldom launched by users and it’s up to users to decide which ones to uninstall. It added that some pre-installed apps spam users with push notifications, or even steal user privacy.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com