Xiaomi’s own custom Android skin, MIUI, is soon going to introduce a new mode that blocks sideloading apps from anywhere outside the official Google Play Store. The mode is named “Pure Mode” and aims to enhance Xiaomi device security by preventing any potentially malicious applications from accidentally gaining access to the phone.
Not to worry: ‘Pure Mode’ is fully optional!
The good news is that activating “Pure Mode” will be entirely up to the user, as they will have the option to turn it on or off at will. Rather than limiting MIUI users, Pure Mode only seems to be being developed as an extra safeguard to enhance security for those who prioritize it.
An extra security measure
While this freedom is wonderful and only one of the many reasons people may prefer Android to iOS, it also opens up Android devices to malware accidentally downloaded through a disguised APK.
In the announcement related to the beta release of Pure Mode, Xiaomi reports that of all the APKs downloaded to Xiaomi devices daily, 40% don’t go through any security screening. And 10% of those, Xiaomi declares, “have been identified as risky applications by Xiaomi’s security audits.”
Over the years that Xiaomi has been evolving MIU, the company has tried hard and been fairly successful in setting itself apart from stock Android and other skins by having its own special themes and features. Pure Mode is only going to be another one of these singularities, and likely a nice-to-have for many safety-conscious Xiaomi users.