For those unfamiliar with the name, UC Browser is developed by UCWeb, which is owned by China's Alibaba Group.
UC Browser, which is a popular browser in India with over 500 million downloads globally, has disappeared from the Google Play Store. There had been complaints against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of its users in India to the server in China. The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones. The app is particularly popular in India, where it briefly overtook Chrome to become the most-used mobile web browser in the country earlier this year.
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. However, both Google and UC Browser have not come with an explanation as yet and it is not known whether the ban is temporary or permanent. As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.
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Recently Indian government cracked down on UC Browser for allegedly sending user data to remote servers in China.
While there is no official confirmation about the ban so far, a Twitter users who claims to work for UC Browser said that the delisting of the app would be in effect for 30 days. However, it did mention that the browser may use the data and information to provide the user with localised services. Whereas when it comes mobile browsers, UC Browser is the leader with a 45.08 percent market share. We'll let you know once we get more information regarding this.