Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google Removes UC Browser From Google Play

Google Removes UC Browser From Google Play

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

Alibaba-owned UC Browser is no longer available for download from the Play Store.

Meanwhile, a user who claims to be working for UC Browser says that the ban is temporary. The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones. According to Internet Trends Report 2017 by Kleiner Perkins released in June this year, UC Browser was the sixth-most downloaded application on Play Store in India.

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.

The action was taken after the application came under the Indian government's scanner for allegedly sending data.

Dear Partner, We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method (s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan.

The browser has landed in trouble for user data privacy concerns earlier in 2015 as well when a Canadian technology research group by the name of Citizen Lab reported that the application was shipping personal data like location, mobile number and other details to third-party applications.

Many of the Reddit posters addressing UC Browser's unexpected disappearance seem to think that the recent allegations are to blame, as it had been thought that the app could be banned in India should the accusations hold any water. In the meantime, it's worth noting that the UC Browser Mini, an alternative app built for less powerful devices, is still live on the Play Store. So, stay tuned to us for more updates.

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