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Joanna Estrada
November 15, 2017

The browser is owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

There's no statement as to why the app was taken down, but the prevailing theory on Reddit is that the malicious redirect ads served up by UC Web's affiliates to inflate installs prompted Google to take action and delist the browser. The user mentions that the browser has been temporarily removed from the Play Store for 30 days because it used "misleading" and "unhealthy" methods of promotion to increase the number of installs. The mobile-friendly version of the web browser seemingly disappeared without a trace earlier today, just weeks after the app topped 500 million downloads on Google's mobile store.

"Unfortunately, like their decision to remove system overlays on Oreo, this makes all too much sense when you consider that they're doing this to get a tighter hold on the functionality that Android apps are allowed to have; preventing apps from stealing users data without their knowledge is a pretty important issue for them". The email also informs that such repeated violations may lead to a termination of the developer's account or even related Google accounts as well.

Meanwhile, a user who claims to be working for UC Browser says that the ban is temporary.

Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, both on desktops and mobile devices.

Recently Indian government cracked down on UC Browser for allegedly sending user data to remote servers in China.

At the same time, he didn't deny that user data was being collected but assured that UC Web would do not breach user trust in any way.

At present there is no evidence to either confirm or deny these suspicions and both Google and UCWeb are yet to comment on the situation, at the time of writing. A UC Web spokesperson said: "At UC Web, we take security and privacy very seriously and work hard to comply with local regulations of each region we operate in..."

We're keeping an eye out for how this progresses.

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