Besides Mi Browser and Google Chrome, MIUI 14 will have three factory-installed browsers on the Redmi Note 12. Xiaomi would have also agreed with Opera to make the company’s browser another standard operating system program.
Three native browsers will be included in some MIUI 14 ROMs, according to tipster Kacper Skrzypek. He found lines of code (image below) that show the new bloatware will appear in both the global and Indian versions of the custom Android interface.
Now some #MIUI ROMs have THREE preinstalled browsers: Chrome, Mi Browser, and… Opera (added in some new MI and IN ROMs).
Opera is uninstallable on Global (MIXM) ROMs, but not on India ROMs (INXM).
No sign of Opera on the latest EEA/RU/TW/ID/TR ROMs (checked about 20 ROMs). pic.twitter.com/V56R0ngF5L
— Kacper Skrzypek 🇵🇱 (@kacskrz) April 10, 2023
It is worth mentioning that Mi Browser will not be factory installed in India. The country’s government banned Xiaomi’s browser supposedly to avoid leaking personal data.
In upcoming updates to MIUI 14, the new browser should be introduced unobtrusively. Over time, the bloatware may reach other regions as well.
More bloatware on MIUI
MIUI’s reputation for bloatware, the programs that come with a cell phone or PC, has faded. MIUI users tend to complain about the excess of this type of app, and the reduction of native apps would have been on the agenda at company conferences. However, Opera’s introduction as a native browser goes against this trend.
Even though Opera is a good browser, installing it by default can be a hassle for users, especially if your device has limited internal storage. It is possible to uninstall it, but the process is more labor-intensive than removing a regular app.