“Xiaomi Removes YouTube Premium Features on MIUI 12 Devices in Compliance Move”

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has recently removed the ‘Play video sound with screen off’ and ‘Turn off screen’ functions from the video toolbox and game toolbox features on its devices running MIUI 12. This alteration is reportedly a response to Google’s crackdown on services that provide YouTube Premium features without charge.

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According to an announcement on Xiaomi’s Mi Fans Telegram channel, the removal of these features is attributed to compliance requirements. The company stated, “Due to compliance requirements, we regret to inform you that we have removed the ‘Play video sound with screen off’ function in the video toolbox feature and the ‘Turn off screen’ function in the game toolbox feature through Over-The-Air (OTA) updates.”

These features were initially introduced with MIUI 12, and the recent move affects several Xiaomi devices, including flagship smartphones like Xiaomi 14, 13, 13 Pro, and 12T, among others. A screenshot shared by Xiaomi in the Telegram post provides a comprehensive list of system versions, device models, and security versions affected by this change.

The company acknowledged that both the video and game toolbox features would be eliminated with upcoming updates. The decision to remove these functions is likely in response to Google’s efforts to curtail services offering YouTube Premium features for free.

Google’s YouTube Premium subscription, available for a monthly fee of Rs 139, provides users with exclusive benefits such as ad-free watching, video downloads, and background video playback with other apps open or the screen turned off. The move by Xiaomi is seen as a preemptive response to Google’s crackdown, aligning the company with compliance requirements and avoiding potential issues related to providing premium features without proper authorization.

While Google has been offering these premium features for years through its paid subscription service, Xiaomi’s decision to remove the functions indicates a strategic shift in response to Google’s tightening control over such offerings.

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