There was an issue with the BLU smartphone in November last year known as Adups. KryptoWire is the person who pointed out that the BLU R1 HD being sold by Amazon had the invasive software pre-installed on the devices. This software is of Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd. and has already been installed on over 700 million devices worldwide.
For those who don’t know, Adups is a well-known piece of software in the United States, also known as CarrierIQ. CarrierIQ was introduced as a mobile diagnostic software suite, but it recorded a ton of information relating to a person’s smartphone. It included many things such as SMS recordings, SMS transmission, IMSI, call log transmission, IMEI exfiltration, and more. Adups’ software takes responsibility for all of that.
After that, BLU stated that Adups wasn’t included in smartphones which were sold in the United States. The company announced that they had released a 3rd-party OTA update and that was just a mistake”. They assured that pushing out a new OTA update just disabled this software, so there was no information transmitted to its server in China. Many had thought the issue was just a small bug, but after 9 months, Amazon has decided to step in.
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Although Amazon had been selling the BLU R1 HD as part of the Prime Exclusive smartphone collection of the company, the retailer also sold other smartphones from BLU. So, it might be the reason why Amazon decided to stop selling of BLU’s smartphones. However, the company also said that the security and privacy of their customers was of the most importance and that BLU’s phones would disappear from Amazon.com until the issue is fixed.
If this issue exactly comes from Adups, then it’s curious about the reason why Amazon 9 needed 9 months to finally make something clear. BLU says that they are trying their best so that they can bring their devices back on the Amazon website.