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UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store for 'misleading promotions'

15 November 2017, 09:18 | Jodi Jackson

UCWeb browser taken down from Google Play Store over misleading users

UCWeb browser taken down from Google Play Store

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome.

For those unfamiliar with the name, UC Browser is developed by UCWeb, which is owned by China's Alibaba Group. The app has vanished just days after it claimed crossing 500 million downloads on Google Play store. As well as being a hugely popular alternative to Google Chrome in its home region, UC Browser has an enormous base in India.

This is not the first time UC Browser had landed in a soup over user privacy.

The browser gained momentum in India over the last few years for its speed and sheer number of features, which included a robust download manager, customizable add-ons, and integration with third-party services.

Recently Indian government cracked down on UC Browser for allegedly sending user data to remote servers in China. Today's delisting doesn't seem to be related to the security vulnerabilities reported in that article, however.

If one types UC Browser in the Google Play Store, only the UC Browser mini is listed. It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone.

An official in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had stated in August that if the brand was found guilty of stealing data, the company may be banned in the country. At the moment, there is no official word from Google or UC browser.

The browser, however, so far is still available for download on Apple's App Store.

A report by Android Authority states that UCWeb claims that Indian users make up 100 million of its total monthly active users from around the world, with the latter figure reportedly reaching 420 million, per reports from 2016. Do let us know your views in the comments section below.

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