UC Browser app vanishes from Play Store following privacy concerns

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Alibaba-owned browser app UC Browser has been delisted from the Google Play Store.

UCWeb browser taken down from Google Play Store over misleading users.

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. 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.

Just recently, the browser hit a huge milestone: 500 million downloads on the Play Store.

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While Chrome has since reinstated some of its dominance, back in June, UC Browser became India's favourite mobile browser and at one point grasped over 50 percent market share.

On the other hand, a Twitter user who claims to work with UC Browser has said that, "I work for UC Browser; I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used "Misleading" and "Unhealthy" methods of promotion to increase installs".

While India is the second-largest market for UC Browser, an article in the Times of India back in August suggested the Indian government was looking to ban the browser for sending user information back to China. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad is investigating the matter. Although, the question that remain is how well does UC Browser fare against Google Chrome? There were complaints that even if a user has uninstalled it or deleted the browsing data, the browser retains control of the DNS of user's device.

Having said that, UC Browser also happens to be a popular mobile browser in India. Developed by UCWeb, US Browser is reportedly the sixth downloaded Android app in India. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India.

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