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UC Browser gets temporarily delisted on the Play Store for 'misleading' users

15 November 2017

The popular UC Browser, owned by China's Alibaba, has mysteriously gone missing from Google Play Store, and nobody seems to know why.

UCWeb browser taken down from Google Play Store over misleading users. The disappearance of the app was first spotted by Reddit users.

It's worth noting here that the iOS version of the app is still available in the Apple App Store while the UC Browser Mini continues to be listed on the Play Store.

The app, which managed to briefly overtake Chrome to become the most-used mobile web browser in India earlier this year, apparently disappeared from the Play Store on Tuesday, just weeks after topping 500 million downloads on the official Android repository.

"There have been complaints against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of its users in India to server in China".

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. A senior IT ministry official had then told news agency PTI that it may face ban in the country if found guilty. To add to that, it was claimed that the application could access user data even after its successful installation from the device. According to Internet Trends Report 2017 by Kleiner Perkins released in June this year, UC Browser was the sixth-most downloaded application on Play Store in India. "There are complaints that even if an user has uninstalled it or cleaned browsing data, the browser retains control of DNS of user's device", the officer who did not wish to be named had told PTI.

Having said that, UC Browser also happens to be a popular mobile browser in India.

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.

UC Browser gets temporarily delisted on the Play Store for 'misleading' users