UC Browser, owned by China’s Alibaba group, has become one of the most widely used mobile web browser in many emerging markets over the years. According to reports, the app has been among the top six most downloaded apps from Google Play in India for the last two years whereas it captures one-third of Pakistan’s mobile browser market share. As of July, UC Browser had been installed more than 100 million times worldwide from Google Play Store.
But here comes a disappointing news for UC Browser fans as Google has removed the app from their largest Android apps data bank – Play Store. This was highlighted by app analytics firm App Annie that Google has pulled away UC Browser form the Play Store on November 12. Several users began inquiring about the app’s whereabouts earlier this week on Reddit. It was not immediately clear why UC Browser had been pulled from Android’s app store.
However, a tweet by Mike Ross, who claims to be a developer at Alibaba Group, made it clear that Google has intentionally pulled UC Browser from the Play Store due to “misleading” and “unhealthy” promotional tactics used by the company to increase the install count of its app.
I work for UC Browser,I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used "Misleading" and "Unhealthy" methods of promotion to increase installs
— Mike Ross (@SKz_14) November 14, 2017
We have checked Play Store; as of now the UC Browser Mini – the light version of the app is still available to download from Google Play. Whereas UC Browser is still available to download on Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s Android store, and through company’s official website.