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Update: UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for ‘misleading’ promotions(now listed)
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Alibaba-owned UC Browser has mysteriously vanished from the Play Store. The app, which is particularly popular in India, has been delisted from the app store for misleading and unhealthy promotions.

The browser disappearance was first spotted on Reddit (via Android Authority) and users have an interesting theory regarding it. The step is in line with a previous report that suggested UC Browser was stealing user sensitive data and sending it back to remote servers in China without user’s consent.

A top official in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in August said that the brand if found guilty of stealing data, the company may be banned in the country. However, there is no official statement from both Google and UC Web on the situation.

Meanwhile, a user who claims to be working for UC Browser says that the ban is temporary. The user mentions that the browser has been temporarily removed from the Play Store for 30 days because it used ‘misleading’ and ‘unhealthy’ methods of promotion to increase the number of installs.

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome. The browser is second most used web browser after Google Chrome and it accounted a market share of around 50 percent, according to a report by Stat-Counter in June 2017. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India. There is certainly more to this story. So, stay tuned to us for more updates.

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We'll be back next week on Google Play Store: UCWeb

New Delhi: Dismissing reports that Google removed its app from its Play Store over data security concerns, Alibaba-owned UCWeb said on Thursday a certain setting of the app was not in line with Google's policy and it will be back on Play Store next week.

"The exact reason for UC Browser's unavailability on Google Play is because of a certain setting of UC Browser that was not in line with Google's policy. The reason for the removal has nothing to do with alleged data security breach or malicious promotion," a UCWeb spokesperson told IANS.

The app was de-listed from Google Play store on Tuesday night. There were media reports that Google removed the application because of data security issues.

"We would like to state that we have no records of anyone named 'Mike Ross' claiming to be working for UC Browser, as mentioned in some reports. The person claiming to be working for UC Browser is in no way associated with the firm nor represent the views of the company," the spokesperson added.

"The allegations of misleading and malicious promotions by the said person are completely false and baseless. UC Browser new product package will be back on Google Play next week and, in the interim, users and partners can download the product from our website http://www.ucweb.com," the company said.

When contacted, Google said in a statement: "Our policies are designed to provide a safe and positive experience for users. That's why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies."

UCWeb, however, clarified that the new version has been uploaded on Google Play's "Developer Console" and was awaiting evaluation. Meanwhile, UC Browser Mini and UC News from the same group are still available online for download.

UC Browser claims to have a bigger base than Google Chrome and over 43 per cent market share in India. Out of its 500 million downloads, 100 million are from India alone.

In January, Alibaba announced Rs 2 billion investment to build UCWeb in India and Indonesia over the next two years.

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UC Browser in line with Google's policy now up on Play Store

After going off from Google Play Store for more than a week, Alibaba-owned content aggregation platform UCWeb said on Wednesday that a new version of its UC Browser is now available on Play Store. The app was de-listed from Google Play store reportedly on data security issues, which the company later denied. The new version is available for users with updated technical settings strictly in line with Google Play’s policy, the company said in a statement.

“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,” said Young Li, Head-International Business Department at Alibaba Mobile Business Group.

With a user base share of 45 percent, UC Browser has become the most popular browser in India in terms of Internet usage on mobile platform, followed by Google Chrome, the company claimed. UC Browser has crossed 500 million downloads on Google Play Store. Last week, UCWeb dismissed reports that Google removed its app from its Play Store over data security concerns.

“The exact reason for UC Browser’s unavailability on Google Play is because of a certain setting of UC Browser that was not in line with Google’s policy. The reason for the removal has nothing to do with alleged data security breach or malicious promotion,” a UCWeb spokesperson had told IANS.

“We would like to state that we have no records of anyone named ‘Mike Ross’ claiming to be working for UC Browser, as mentioned in some reports. The person claiming to be working for UC Browser is in no way associated with the firm nor represents the views of the company,” the spokesperson added.

“The allegations of misleading and malicious promotions by the said person are completely false and baseless. UC Browser new product package will be back on Google Play next week and, in the interim, users and partners can download the product from our website http://www.ucweb.com,” the company said.

When contacted, Google said in a statement: “Our policies are designed to provide a safe and positive experience for users. That’s why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies.” In January this year, Alibaba announced a Rs 2 billion investment to build UCWeb in India and Indonesia over the next two years.

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