UC Browser back on Play Store or it’s still banned?? Let’s check!
Opened Play Store, Searched for ‘UC Browser’
… Waiting for results (Slow net),
….Results appeared (finally!!!)
Google has lifted ban from UC Browser today. So officially UC Browser back on Play Store. Google refuse to release an offical statement about UC’s removal. Some experts are guessing that it was due to data theft and violation of Google Policies.
Download UC Browser.
UC Browser was not available the play store for a week.. Many people were panicked why it was removed?? UC was a malware!!?? Maybe it was stealing our personal informations!?
It all started a week ago when a Reddit user noticed that The Alibaba-owned mobile browser, which garnered more than 500 million downloads last month and has over 100 million users in India, was no longer visible on search. The development emerges months after the Chinese app had been accused of sending personal data of its Indian users to a server in China.
Google has pulled down UC Browser, the Alibaba Group-owned mobile web browser, from its Play Store amid alleged unethical data sharing by the Chinese app. Earlier some media reports had surfaced that revealed a probe against UC Browser for sending user details and location data to a remote server. The government was even set to ban the browser if the Chinese browser was found guilty.
Users on technology forum Reddit said the move may have been prompted because UC Browser would serve up ads from its affiliate entities to increase downloads, in violation of Google’s policies.
“We were informed by Google Play about temporary removal of UC Browser from the Play Store for 7 days, beginning 13 November 2017, under the reason that a certain setting of UC Browser is not in line with Google’s policy. We have conducted an urgent internal investigation and fixed the problem. The new version has been uploaded on Google Play’s Developer Console and is awaiting evaluation. We will actively cooperate with Google Play for any concern caused by this unintentional error,” said a UC Browser spokesperson.
Google did not give details behind its move.
“We can’t comment on individual apps, but all apps on Google Play must comply with our terms of service,” a spokesperson replied.
UC Browser is the flagship app of UC Web Inc., a part of Alibaba’s Mobile Business Group, which includes products like UC Ads and UC News.
Data provided by research firm StatCounter shows UC Browser as the most popular mobile browser in India, surpassing Google’s Chrome with nearly 50 percent market share. The browser recently hit 500 million downloads globally, also the company claims it has 100 million Indian monthly active users.