Chinese smartphone makers put on notice

The Indian government has sought details of components used by the makers of Vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi and OnePlus phones. Why?

It looks like it’s the Indian government versus Chinese companies once again. 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, or MeitY, last week sent a notice to the makers of Chinese smartphone brands Vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi and OnePlus, according to three people directly or indirectly aware of the development, who asked not to be named. The ministry has sought data and details about the phones and the components used therein. A second notice that will require testing of these phones is expected to land in coming weeks.

The notice seems to be a precursor to the government developing new regulation …


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