One of the most well-liked web browsers in the world, UC Browser, has puzzlingly vanished from Google Play Store. The app has disappeared just days post it claimed on Google Play store reaching 500 Million downloads. While we’re on the subject, UC Mini, the lightweight edition of the browser, is still accessible on the Play Store for download. UC Browser is designed by UCWeb, which is controlled by Alibaba Group of China.
The disappearance of browser from the Google Play Store was first posted by some consumers on Reddit India. Up to now, there is no authorized data on the disappearance of the app from Google Play Store. On the other hand, a report in Hindustan Times states that Google took the measures soon after the app of UC Browser came under the scanner of Indian Government for supposedly transferring data in China to distant servers. “It was claimed that the app might access consumer data even after its elimination from the handset,” claims the report. The news report further says that CDAC (Center for Development of Advanced Computing) in Hyderabad is dealing with the issue.
In August as well, the UC Browser had arrived under the scanner of the government for supposed leak of mobile information of its users in India. A senior official of IT ministry had then claimed the local media that it might face prohibition in the nation if found culpable.
“There have been objections in opposition to UC Browser that it transfers mobile information of its consumers in India to server located in China. There are objections that even if a consumer has cleaned browsing data or uninstalled it, the browser retains management of DNS of consumer’s handset,” the officer claimed to the media in an interview who wish to be unnamed.
The browser, on the other hand, so far is still obtainable for download on App Store of Apple. As per the Kleiner Perkins’ Internet Trends Report 2017, rolled out in June 2017, UC Browser is the top mobile Internet browser of the country with 50% share of the market chased by Opera and Google’s Chrome browser.