Some weeks ago Google Play removed Alibaba-owned UCWeb to update the version of UC Browser and relaunch it on Google Play. The app was recently removed from Google Play and UCWeb state the reasoning that it was due to a certain setting not being in line with Google’s policy. Which has to be rectified in the latest build uploaded to Google Play. In a statement, the company officially mentioned that the new version is available for users with updated technical settings strictly in line with Google Play’s policy for the benefit of the users itself.
Young Li, Head-International Business Department at Alibaba Mobile Business Group stated that “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,”
A UCWeb spokesperson gave a statement to IANS that “The exact reason for UC Browser’s unavailability on Google Play is because of a certain set 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. 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.” He added “The allegations of misleading and malicious promotions by the said person are completely false and baseless,”
UC Browser has become the most popular mobile browser in India with a user base share of 45 percent in terms of Internet usage, followed by Google Chrome, the company claimed. Alibaba owned Browser has crossed 500 million downloads on Google Play in October. Last week, UCWeb dismissed reports that Google removed its app from its Play Store over data security concerns. To know more about it, Google stated “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.”