Fixed: Curious case of disappearing Arunachal in Xiaomi's weather app
A technical glitch in Xiaomi's weather app (Chinese smartphone maker) has led to the disappearance of certain Indian states and cities from the app. This glitch has even led the Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh to disappear from the app.
This led to social media outrage which sparked rumors about the company supporting the Chinese Communist Party’s agenda that Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh aren’t recognised as a part of India.
Allegedly, the applications did not show any results for Arunachal Pradesh and Itanagar. The issue was reportedly highlighted in a YouTube channel after being brought to notice by a user from Itanagar on Sunday.
A spokesperson from the company while talking with EastMojo stated, “There was a technical issue in our weather app that we had identified. The same has been fixed.” According to the spokesperson their weather app on the Xiaomi devices uses data from various third-party applications, hence they are aware of the fact that weather data is unavailable for many places.
Admitting that it’s a technical error on the part of the company the spokesperson also stated that they are also working on improving the app to get the best experience for users.
Many Chinese companies have faced severe backlash right from the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is further saturated by the border clashes of the two nations- India and China in Ladakh.
India in response banned more than 150 Chinese apps that were operating within the country. Some apps of Xiaomi was also included in the blacklist.