A couple of weeks ago, UC Browser claimed to have received around 500 million downloads on Google’s mobile store. But, now, surprisingly, the app is no longer available on Play store. It has basically vanished overnight from the Play store — and, no one knows the reason why. So, if you are a UC Browser user, well, you may not see the application on Google Play store anymore. However, it should be noted that UC browser mini app is still available for download.
UC Browser has allegedly been removed from Play store overnight — and the company hasn’t revealed the reason why. However, it is not unknown that Alibaba’s UC Browser has been in the limelight for quite some time — and it’s all because of wrong reasons. UC Browser — not once — but oftentimes have been under scrutiny regarding data security concerns. And, this is probably also the reason that UC Browser is no longer available for download on Play store.
Alibaba — the company that owns UC Browser has not released any official statement on the sudden removal of the application. But, earlier today, Mike Ross — who apparently works with UC Browser — took to twitter to post — “I work for UC Browser, I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used “Misleading” and “Unhealthy” methods of promotion to increase installs.”
Additionally, going by a report posted by Android Central – notes they have received an email from UC Union, which is UC Web’s affiliate network stating “We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method(s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan.” In the email statement, UC Union also noted that they are looking forward to cooperating and developing with their users in order to maintain a healthy UC Union ecosphere in the future. The de-listing of UC Browser app was first spotted by netizens — who then took to post the same on Reddit.
It should be noted that — it has already been a couple of hours that UC Browser has disappeared from the Play store and there’s still no official statement from UC Web or Google regarding the delisting. Going by the reports surfacing online, looks like the ban is just to give a warning to the app creators against all the allegations that they have faced regarding data security issue. So, chances are that the removal of the UC Browser from Play store is a temporary one and Google should bring back app soon enough.
Reports went viral back in August that UC Browser is trying to steal sensitive user data — which it then sends to its servers in China without user’s consent. Reports also claimed that UC Browser collects data even after a user uninstalls the app or even cleans the browsing data. This concerned the Indian government, considering the tension between India and China over the Dokhlam issue. Later, the Indian government officials expressed concerns and said to ban the app in the country if found guilty. And, most probably, that’s what the government has done by de-listing the application from Google play store.
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