A few days ago we saw UC Browser, an app by UC Web mysteriously disappearing from the Google Play Store. At the disappearance, both UC Web and Alibaba did not give any official statements. But now, the popular app is back on Google Play and the company has given a reason as well.
According to a statement by UC Web to NDTV, the app did not carry proper guidelines listed by Google. But now, it comes with updated guidelines and is rightfully back where it belongs.
What UC Browser says
In a statement Young Li, Head-International Business Department at Alibaba Mobile Business Group said that “Over the last 5 years we have been committed to providing flawless & secure browsing experience to our consumers in India and with 100 million monthly active users, we are taking rapid strides forward. During the brief absence of UC Browser on Play Store, we continued to meticulously check our technical settings while also witnessing an uninterrupted passion of our users for the product, who looked upon the alternative version, UC Browser Mini, and made it to the top of ‘Free Apps’ category on the Play Store.
Young added that “Over the last few quarters, UCWeb has moved from being just a mobile browser company to a content aggregation and distribution platform focused on news and entertainment content in India, through its platforms UC Browser and UC News. UCWeb envisions itself as powerful as Google and Facebook and aims to bring the global mobile internet to an era of ‘GUF’ (Google, UCWeb, and Facebook).”
UC Browser app is one of the arch-rivals to other browser apps such as Opera and Google Chrome.
In June a report from Kleiner Perkins stated UC Browser as India’s top browser app with over 50% market share.
The report said that UC Browser is the 6th most download Android app in the country.