BLU Products switches from ADUPS Chinese spyware to Google OTA app

Following last month's debacle, BLU Products is announcing a shift in its software strategy. The US-based company, which got some attention from the press not long ago, has finally decided to go for Google's flawless OTA solution.

In a way, this doesn't really come as a surprise since BLU had been switching from the Chinese software coming pre-installed on its phones ordered from China for a couple of years now.

Unfortunately, the ADUPS solution that was proved to be a spyware sending data to Chinese servers, was the last piece of software that BLU hadn't replaced with another alternative.

The reason seems to be the fact that the makers of ADUPS, Shanghai Adups Technology, went rogue and hidden its software despite the fact that BLU specifically asked them not to put their app on their phones.

BLU CEO Sammy Ohev-Zion confirmed that his company has a correspondence with the Chinese company proving that they have violated their request.

Although BLU patched the ADUPS backdoor as soon as the security firm Kryptowire found it, U.S. customers' trust is hard to regain. BLU also announced that all its smartphones launched from December will have Google's OTA application pre-installed instead of the Chinese ADUPS solution.

Moreover, the company's CEO said that they won't be installing any other third-party apps where they don't have the source code and don't know exactly how it works.

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source: PCMag



1. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

better late than never!

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I'm sure if someone takes the time to look they'll find that many Chinese phones do the same thing.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Here's to hoping that the really big Chinese companies like OPPO, Meizu, and Xiaomi don't do this sort of thing. By extension to OPPO, I hope OnePlus is clean! I'm sure Carl and the gang don't want spyware on their phones that Google didn't put there!

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

lol i was going to say it.. exchange china spyware for USA one instead.. not much better.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If you want to keep your private life private the only way is don't interact with the internet, hide all surfing site with VPN and do a system wipe upon exit. Not joking.

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