Friday, 17 November, 2017

UC Browser disappears from Google Play Store for 'misleading promotions'

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Alibaba-owned UC Browser has been removed by Google for allegedly sending user data to remote servers in China.

Dear Partner, We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method (s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan. Incidentally, the lightweight version of the browser, UC Mini, is still available for download on the Play Store. Earlier this month, it was reported that the browser had crossed over 500 million downloads and the sixth most downloaded application in India on the Play store. This has been followed by allegations that the browser was sending over user information such as IMEI and location data to China-based servers.

While there is no statement from either Google or UCWeb about the unexpected disappearance of the app, some users on Reddit have suggested that the misleading redirect ads served up by UC Web's affiliates to trigger installs likely prompted Google to delist the browser. "It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone", says the report. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad is investigating the matter.

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The app take down appears to be temporary and UC Browser should be back in the store after 30 days. "There are complaints that even if an user has uninstalled it or cleaned browsing data, the browser retains control of DNS of user's device", the officer who did not wish to be named had told PTI.

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome. UC Browser has a year ago claimed that it has over 100 million monthly active users in India and Indonesia. The app, which is particularly popular in India, has been delisted from the app store for misleading and unhealthy promotions.

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