It seems that Xiaomi plans to follow the path of Apple and start showing warnings on their smartphones if the user has installed a third-party battery instead of a branded one. Moreover, the manufacturer can even reduce the charging speed.

Evidence of this has been discovered by enthusiasts of the mobile developer community XDA Developers. As the source explains, Xiaomi recently released version 5.6.0 of the Mi Security app, which offers settings for battery and charging, among other things.

In the new version, it was discovered that Xiaomi developers have prepared an application to issue a warning and reduce the charging speed if the OS detects that an «unauthorized» battery is installed in the device. The warning will inform the user that battery replacement in the phone should be performed «only by an authorized service provider» and that the use of an «unapproved» battery may damage the device or cause injury to the user.

However, for the time being, for most smartphones, everything will remain the same. An examination of the APK code showed that the «Battery Unauthorized Use» warning will only be displayed for Chinese users who have installed third-party batteries on models such as Mi 9, Mi 10 or Mi 10 Pro. At the moment, the warning will not be displayed in other regions and on other smartphone models. It is also unclear if Xiaomi has started actively using this feature in China or not yet.