Alibaba Owned UC Browser Disappears From Google's PlayStore Following Privacy Concerns

Yolanda Curtis
November 15, 2017

UC Browser, which is a popular browser in India with over 500 million downloads globally, has 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. However, there is no official statement from both Google and UC Web on the situation.

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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.

The IT giant took this step shortly after the application came under the Indian government's scanner for allegedly sending data to remote servers in China. Today's delisting doesn't seem to be related to the security vulnerabilities reported in that article, however. The browser's mini version, UC Browser Mini, however, is still available to download from the Play Store. "It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone", says the report.

A top official in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in August said that the brand if found guilty of stealing data, the company may be banned in the country. In addition, it is the sixth most downloaded Android app in India. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India. The application is one of the most popular browsers in India.

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