UCWeb, the start-up behind the UCBrowser for mobile devices has announced a new version of its Android web browser. In addition to this, it has also released new versions of its Java and iPad browsers. The Android and Java browsers are now on version 9 while the iPad one is now on version 2 and overall the company has introduced loads of new features in the product. Besides this, it has recognized the fact that India is one of its largest markets and has announced that its second headquarters will be in India. Also Read - UC Browser is back on Play Store after update in line with Google policy
The Android app which is available via the Play Store offers a number of UI enhancements that include multiple start screens, unlimited speed dials and as well as the ability to drag and drop shortcuts. There is also an ‘watch offline’ mode as users can cache their favorite videos in the browser. There are also a number of customization options that include the addition of themes and wallpapers. UCWeb has also taken a cue from Google and added an incognito mode. The browser also now has a built-in Ad-Blocker which will improve browsing speed and the experience. A screenshot taking tool has also been added within the browser. Also Read - Alibaba’s UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store allegedly due to malicious promotions, company responds
The Java feature phone version of the browser now gets support for UCWeb’s cloud storage solution called UDisk. Users get 2GB of permanent storage and 4GB of space for a week. Users can now play video and audio directly from the UDisk. The browser also keeps a tab of ones personal account information and the entire user interface itself has also received an overhaul. Also Read - UCWeb launches UC News app for India, updates its UC Browser
The iPad update mostly focusses on speed. The U3 engine has received a performance boost and now the UCBrowser is the first browser to support WebGL on iOS, and there is an increase of 300 percent in 3D graphics processing on the iPad 4. The web browser also caches webpages with the content in its entirety via an ‘View it later’ feature. A Cloud download feature allows users to download large files quickly and in formats that are not even supported by the iPad natively. It also brings UCWeb’s cloud acceleration prowess to the fore, and the company claims it can reduce data costs by up to 85 percent. There is even a night mode that will improve the viewing experience in low light situations. Apart from this the, UI of the browser has also been overhauled.
UCWeb says that it has 25 percent market share in India, and it trails Opera only by a smidgen. The company recognizes India as a major market and says that after China, India is number 2 in terms of investments. Additionally, it says it has a Windows 8 version of the browser in the works, but it did not reveal when it would be released to the public.