World’s most famous web browser, UC Browser, has suddenly disappeared from Google Play Store. The app has disappeared just days after it crossed 500 million downloads on Play store. But UC Mini browser is now still available for download on the Google Play Store. UC Browser is owned by China’s Alibaba Group.
UC browser’s disappearance from the Play Store was first reported by some of the users on Reddit India but there is no official information on the Browser disappearance from Google Play Store. However, a report in Hindustan Times claims that Google took the step shortly after the UC Browser app came into the Indian government’s scanner for sending data to remote servers in China. “It was said that the App could access user data even after the removal app from the mobile,” says the report. The news report further adds that Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad is looking into the matter.
In August also, the UC Browser had come into the Indian government’s scanner for the alleged leak of mobile data of its Indian app users. A senior IT ministry official had then told news agency PTI that it may face ban in the country if found guilty.
“There have been several complaints against UC Browser that it sends Users mobile data in India to the Remote server in China and also There are several complaints that even User has Uninstalled browser, it retains control of DNS of user’s device,” the officer who did not wish to be named had told PTI.
The UC Browser is still available on Apple’s App Store.
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