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Vivo to Start Cleaning Up Unregistered Apps in China

Vivo has announced that it will start cleaning up unregistered apps in China starting from January 4, 2024.

The company has notified developers that they need to complete the registration procedures for their mobile applications (Apps) as soon as possible. Vivo said that this is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and that developers who fail to register their apps will not be allowed to distribute them.


Vivo will start by displaying unregistered apps as "unregistered" in the app store and mobile phone installers. Starting from January 4, 2024, it will gradually begin to clear out unregistered apps.


This move is part of a wider crackdown on unregistered apps in China. In August this year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a notice requiring all apps to be registered with the provincial communications bureau where they are domiciled.

The MIIT said that this is necessary to protect the rights and interests of users, and to maintain a healthy and orderly mobile Internet market.


The registration process is relatively simple, and most developers will be able to complete it within a few days. However, some developers may be reluctant to register their apps, as this will give the government more oversight of their activities.


It is unclear how strictly Vivo will enforce the new policy, but it is likely that many developers will be forced to comply. This could have a significant impact on the Chinese app market, as many unregistered apps are very popular.

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