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Google clarity over UIDAI Number In Android Phones

In the recent times we had witnessed controversy of UIDAI helpline number showing up seemingly randomly in people's phone books.

Google said, when
the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were "inadvertently coded" within the Android setup wizard and has remained on devices. Hard-coded UIDAI’s helpline number in the SetUp wizard of the Android release, meant for OEMs (manufacturers of smartphone).

UIDAI refuted media reports in a series of tweets earlier on Friday and highlighted that the helpline number spotted by the users, which was 18003001947, was no longer a valid toll-free number, and it was changed to 1947 two years ago. "UIDAI has reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 18003001947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers," the authority behind Aadhaar had said.

COAI said "The inclusion of a certain unknown number in the phonebooks of various mobile handsets is not from any telecom service provider"

Google released a statement as "We are sorry for any concern that this might have caused, and would like to assure everyone that this is not a situation of an unauthorised access of their Android devices. Users can manually delete the number from their devices. "

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