UC Browser has mysteriously disappeared from the Google Play Store

UC Browser has mysteriously disappeared from the Google Play Store

UC Browser, owned and developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web, is popular for its data compression capabilities which enables it to load web pages quicker than its competitors.

UC Browser, the popular web browsing app and a close competitor to Google's Chrome browser for Android Devices seems to have been pulled down from the Play store.

"There have been complaints against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of its users in India to server in China". The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones. Earlier this month, it was reported that the browser had crossed over 500 million downloads and the sixth most downloaded application in India on the Play 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. Although, the question that remain is how well does UC Browser fare against Google Chrome? As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.

On Reddit, where I first came across this news a few hours ago, there seems to be some consensus that UC Browser might have been engaged in some shady practices.

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In addition to this, previous reports have also suggested that UC Browser has been suspected of sending user data to China. Google is taking a strict stance on apps using dubious tricks to increase install base or spread ad malware to steal user information. Whereas when it comes mobile browsers, UC Browser is the leader with a 45.08 percent market share.

At present there is no evidence to either confirm or deny these suspicions and both Google and UCWeb are yet to comment on the situation, at the time of writing.

If one types UC Browser in the Google Play Store, only the UC Browser mini is listed.

There's certainly more to this story and we'll be keeping an eye out for any official word on the matter.

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