UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for 'misleading' promotions

UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for 'misleading' promotions

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.

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome. UC Browser - not once - but oftentimes have been under scrutiny regarding data security concerns.

Just recently, the browser hit a huge milestone: 500 million downloads on the Play Store.

The browser gained momentum in India over the last few years for its speed and sheer number of features, which included a robust download manager, customizable add-ons, and integration with third-party services. The reason appears to be misleading campaigns UC Browser was running. There had been complaints against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of its users in India to the server in China. And, this is probably also the reason that UC Browser is no longer available for download on Play store. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India.

While India is the second-largest market for UC Browser, an article in the Times of India back in August suggested the Indian government was looking to ban the browser for sending user information back to China.

Twitter user Mike Ross, who claims to work for UC Browser, tweeted that the browser is "temporarily removed" from the Play Store for 30 days due to adopting "misleading" and "unhealthy" methods of increasing installs. However, Android Police's founder Artem Russakovskii posted about an email from UC Union (which is the company's network affiliate) which talks about UC Browser using "Malicious Promotion" methods.

There weren't that many browsers when Google released the first version of Android OS. "It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone", says the report.

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