Shortly after disappearing from Google Play Store, UC Browser is back and is available for download. The app was earlier said to have been removed due to misleading promotions, as claimed by a UC employee on Twitter. But UCWeb has announced that it was a certain setting in the app that had led to its removal from Play Store. That problem has been rectified, and the app is now updated in line with Google Play’s policy. Also Read - 5 Dangerous Android apps that you should avoid downloading on your mobileAlso Read - Jack Ma's Alibaba fined record $2.7B by China
“During the brief absence of UC Browser on Play Store, we continued to meticulously check our technical settings while also witnessing an uninterrupted passion of our users for the product, who looked upon the alternative version, UC Browser Mini, and made it to the top of [the] Free Apps category on the Play Store,” Young Li, Head-International Business Department at Alibaba Mobile Business Group stated. Also Read - Ant Group ordered by China to reexamine its fintech businesses and return to its roots as a payments service
Last week, UCWeb had dismissed claims that Google had removed the app owing to security concerns. “The reason for the removal has nothing to do with alleged data security breach or malicious promotion,” a UCWeb spokesperson had clarified. The new version of the browser has been uploaded on Google Play’s Developer Console and is awaiting evaluation, according to reports. “We will actively cooperate with Google Play for any concern caused by this unintentional error. In the meantime, users can still download UC Browser Mini from the Play Store,” the company has said.
UC Browser leads the mobile browser market in India with over a 50 percent share, ahead of even Google Chrome. It crossed 500 million installs (on Play Store) from India in October. It is also the sixth-most downloaded Android app in India, which crossed 100 million monthly active users earlier this year. Alibaba, which owns UC Browser as well as UC News (one of the most popular news apps on Play Store), has earmarked Rs 2 billion to build UCWeb in India over the next two years by tapping into the potential of user-generated content.