"Both phones are loaded with Android 10 skinned with EMUI"
I hope not for Xiaomi's sake. MIUI might be a better bet for them.
Xiaomi has formally launched its latest phones for the UK market, the Redmi Note 9 Series, with an interesting dig at fellow corporate citizen Huawei as it bids to become the successor to that company in the West. Just look at the side of the box. Either side, in fact. In a nod to Huawei's current woes with Donald Trump's US …
Latest Android One update rocked up on my Mi A2 Lite yesterday.
Along with destroying the homescreen it activated a dial home to send data to ....
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Fellow owners would probably agree that "easy access to the Google apps" is a little rich when it's impossible* to remove Xiaomi's own web browser or even make another browser such as Chrome the default.
* Without rooting the phone and breaking most banking and payment apps.
Erm, you can change the default apps the easy way. This is a lie you've posted. Settings if your friend - do try to solve things, yeah, this is an IT site?
And yes rooting helps remove bloatware, but if my Mi9 is any indication you're totally wrong - apologies if you have a newer model and things have changed.