It looks like UCWeb, the firm responsible for UC Browser, has taken down the Android app version from the Google Play Store.
The app has been mysteriously removed from the store without any official announcement by the company.
UC Browser app is considered as one of the arch-rivals to other browser apps such as Opera and Google Chrome. It June a report from Kleiner Perkins stated UC Browser to be 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.
What can be the reason for taking down UC Browser?
Collecting what is being told on Twitter and Reddit threads, the app may be taken down temporarily. One of the Twitter users claiming to work in the firm says that the company did send an email confirming the news.
The reason UC Web reportedly says in the email is that the app had “Misleading” and “Unhealthy” ways to promote content and increase the install numbers.
A Reddit post by Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii re-confirms the claims. According to him, the email sent was aimed at advertising partners.
We are not yet sure when the UC Web will bring back the UC Browser back to Google Play Store.
It is also not yet confirmed if the app users will get updates or not.
Coincidentally, the removal of UC Browser app takes place on the same day when Mozilla launches its Firefox Quantum browser.
Quantum is a new browser that is claimed to be twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago.
The new browser is built on an overhauled core engine and has a new look for better productivity.
The company has also announced Google as the default search engine in the new browser. With Firefox Quantum, users can surf on multiple tabs without facing hiccups and memory consumption.