UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store for 'misleading promotions'

UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store for 'misleading promotions'

UC Browser, the popular web browsing app and a close competitor to Google's Chrome browser for Android Devices seems to have been pulled down from the Play store.

A popular mobile application in India, UC Browser has been developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web.

There weren't that many browsers when Google released the first version of Android OS.

The browser, however, so far is still available for download on Apple's App Store.

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UC Browser has mysteriously disappeared from the Google Play Store

Earlier this month, UC Web announced that the mobile browser has crossed 500 million downloads. China-based UC Browser is the leading mobile browser in India with over 100 million base in the country and has a bigger base than Google Chrome. Like sending user data back to China, something that China-based application developers often get accused of in addition to shady practices like tag-jacking (so as to top app store searches), using misleading names, copying the names of popular apps and lots and lots of ads (including lock screen ones that just won't go away). The reason appears to be misleading campaigns UC Browser was running. As part of a widespread investigation into data security, Indian government officials expressed concerns that the UC Browser app continues to collect this data after it has been uninstalled, per a Times of India report. Back in 2015, Canadian technology research group Citizen Lab reported that the application was providing critical personal information, including location, mobile number and device details, to third-party applications.

If one types UC Browser in the Google Play Store, only the UC Browser mini is listed.

Many of the Reddit posters addressing UC Browser's unexpected disappearance seem to think that the recent allegations are to blame, as it had been thought that the app could be banned in India should the accusations hold any water.

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