Mobile phone manufacturers build high walls against third-party downloaded apps

According to consumer reports, some consumers have recently complained that during the process of installing or using mobile applications, they encountered applications downloaded from other channels that were blocked by mobile phones and diverted to the mobile phone manufacturers' own application stores.

For example, some consumers reported that "mobile phone manufacturers force login", "games downloaded by other applications will be blocked", "mobile phone manufacturers' systems generally set obstacles to apks from third-party sources", "mobile phone manufacturers charge channel fees" and so on.

The report found through actual measurements that most mobile phone manufacturers’ app stores cannot search for third-party app stores. Downloading apps through third-party apps will cause mobile phone manufacturers to have multiple interference interceptions (third-party app stores, Douyin, Station B, and Watermelon) to intercept interference. Including but not limited to security (prompting the risk to mislead users), malicious diversion (draining traffic to its own app store), and increasing the difficulty of installation (requires account verification and password input).

According to the report, mobile phone manufacturers abuse "security tips" to seek unfair competitive advantages, restrict traffic in third-party markets, and mislead users to reduce the security of applications in third-party markets. Legitimate rights and interests - the user's right to know and the right to choose, which is unfair competition.

However, some consumers said that this approach of mobile phone manufacturers may also be considered from a security point of view. After all, sometimes apps downloaded from third parties are not safe. In addition, these interception reminders are also easy to skip.

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