UC Browser has mysteriously disappeared from the Google Play Store in India

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There weren't that many browsers when Google released the first version of Android OS.

UC Browser, the popular web browsing app and a close competitor to Google's Chrome browser for Android Devices seems to have been pulled down from the Play store.

Just recently, the browser hit a huge milestone: 500 million downloads on the Play Store.

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There have been no announcements done on the subject either from Google or UC Web.

The browser, however, so far is still available for download on Apple's App Store. As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.

Dear Partner, We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method (s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan.

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Reports began swirling in August that claimed UC Browser has a rather nasty habit of stealing sensitive user data which it then sends back to remote servers in China without the user's consent.

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".

UC Browser has come under scrutiny regarding data security concerns in the past. Back in 2015, Canadian technology research group Citizen Lab reported that the application was providing critical personal information, including location, mobile number and device details, to third-party applications. The application is one of the most popular browsers in India.

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Android Authority notes that UC Browser mini, a, well, mini version of the app, is still available in the Android app store. Do let us know your views in the comments section below.

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