Alibaba Owned UC Browser Disappears From Google's PlayStore Following Privacy Concerns

Alibaba Owned UC Browser Disappears From Google's PlayStore Following Privacy Concerns

Although, the question that remain is how well does UC Browser fare against Google Chrome?

UC Browser, owned and developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web, is popular for its data compression capabilities which enables it to load web pages quicker than its competitors. At the moment, there is no official word from Google or UC browser. The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones. The app has vanished just days after it claimed crossing 500 million downloads on Google Play store. According to the Internet Trends Report 2017 by Kleiner Perkins, released in June this year, UC Browser is India's leading mobile internet browser with 50% market share followed by Google's Crome and Opera browser. As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.

UC Browser's disappearance was first spotted by the eagle-eyed netizens on Reddit, and its users have an interesting theory. To keep it running as fast and smooth as possible, it's always a good idea to have the latest version ...

This falls in line with a report which emerged in August this year that pointed out that, UC Browser was under the government's scanner for alleged leak of mobile data of its Indian users.

UC Browser has come under scrutiny regarding data security concerns in the past. The application is one of the most popular browsers in India. 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. In the meantime, it's worth noting that the UC Browser Mini, an alternative app built for less powerful devices, is still live on the Play Store. Do let us know your views in the comments section below.