Alibaba owned UC Browser Back on Google Play Store: Did you remember what happened last week with UC Browser? It was removed from Google Play store due to using misleading and unhealthy methods. The company responded to this allegation quickly and today UC Browser is back on Google Play Store.
Alibaba owned UC Browser after being removed from Google Play Store for a week, now available with new version according to the Google Play Store policies.
According to UC Web, the app was removed form Play Store due to certain settings which were not inline with Google Play Store policy. This issue has been resolved in the latest version uploaded to Google Play Store according to company. Company also stated that new version is available for users with updated technical settings.
Alibaba Mobile Business Group, Head of International Business Department said:
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 [the] Free Apps category on the Play Store.
UC Browser is one of the most popular mobile browser in India and crossed 500 million downloads in October 2017 on Google Play Store.
The most interesting part of the story is that no one have ever confirmed why UC Browser is taken down from Google Play Store. When the browser disappeared from Google Play, many rumors were out on all over the internet. On Reddit many people theorized that it was taken down because the app was stealing user’s sensitive data and sending back to the servers in China.
Responding to that rumors UC Web spoke person said:
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.
Another twist came in to that story when a Twitter user claimed to be a UC Browser employee responded to Android Authority article. In his tweet he stated that the browser is removed for 30 days due to misleading and unhealthy methods of increasing installs.
Responding to this the spoke persons added in his statement:
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 allegations of misleading and malicious promotions by the said person are completely false and baseless.
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.