UC Browser, owned and developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web, is popular for its data compression capabilities which enables it to load web pages quicker than its competitors. The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones.
UC Browser is the sixth most downloaded Android app in India, and crossed 500 million downloads few weeks back. According to the Internet Trends Report 2017 by Kleiner Perkins, released in June this year, UC Browser is India's leading mobile internet browser with 50% market share followed by Google's Crome and Opera browser.
UCWeb has also claimed that Indian users make up 100 million of its total monthly active users from around the world, with the latter figure reportedly reaching 420 million, per reports from 2016. Also a Twitter user named Mike Ross, who works with UC Browser posted a tweet explaining the app was taken down for a similar reason.
The IT giant took this step shortly after the application came under the Indian government's scanner for allegedly sending data to remote servers in China.
He wrote, "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". The application is one of the most popular browsers in India. In 2015, Canadian researchers claimed that the Chinese and English-language version of UC Browser "made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information like location, search details and mobile subscriber and device numbers".
However, the Official UC Browser Mini is still there and can be downloaded.