Some context: Android uses a gps.conf file where things like time servers are declared. The accurate time reduces the time that it takes to get a position lock.
For years Xiaomi has used 3 options, with 2 of them being “asia.pool.ntp.org” and “0.cn.pool.ntp.org” in their GPS.conf file. I don’t know if they do this on all phones, but they do it at least on some of them… even those that are supposed to be “global” (international) variants running “global” software:
#NTP server NTP_SERVER=time.xtracloud.net NTP_SERVER_2=asia.pool.ntp.org NTP_SERVER_3=0.cn.pool.ntp.org
This creates some problems (“bad/slow GPS”, which often improves when using different NTP servers) for some users that are probably connecting to servers far away (if they can reach those servers at all). This also adds unnecessary load to the servers in the asia/cn region.
I don’t know if they should use their own vendor zone when Android already has one, but I think everyone could benefit if they used the anycast domains instead of setting their devices to use one specific region or country.
I’m posting this here because not many people seem to be aware. Xiaomi is one of the main mobile phone sellers in the world and they also sell a lot of internet connected devices. I don’t know if they’re doing this on all products, but they do it at least on some phones.