UC Browser Gets Temporarily Delisted On the Play Store

Popular mobile web browser app UC Browser went missing from the Google Play Store earlier this week because of what the company claims is a policy violation. Refuting allegations of "misleading and malicious promotions" to inflate downloads, the company told TOI on Thursday that it will be back on the app store next week. Last November, UC Browser had crossed 100 million monthly active users in India.

UC Web is owned by Chinese conglomerate the Alibaba Group.
NEW DELHI: Popular mobile web browser app UC Browser went missing from the Google Play Store earlier this week because of what the company claims is a policy violation. Refuting allegations of "misleading and malicious promotions" to inflate downloads, the company told TOI on Thursday that it will be back on the app store next week. Last November, UC Browser had crossed 100 million monthly active users in India.
 
 

"The exact reason for UC Browser's unavailability on Google Play is because of a certain setting 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," a UC Web spokesperson told TOI over email.
 
UC Web is owned by Chinese conglomerate the Alibaba Group. UC Browser's new product package will be back on Google Play next week and, in the interim, users and partners can download the product from our website, they added.
 When contacted, a Google spokesperson declined to share specific details, but said: "We can't comment on individual apps, but all apps on Google Play must comply with our terms of service." UC Web has said its app is awaiting evaluation on Google Play's Developer Console, where developers publish and distribute their Android apps. UC Web's other apps, such as the UC Browser Mini were unaffected on the Play Store.
 
Redditors noticed and had begun posting about the app's removal from the Play Store on Tuesday. The same day, a Twitter user with the handle @SKz_14 and screen name Mike Ross posted a tweet claiming to be a UC Web employee. "I work for UC Browser, I got mail (sic) today morning it said (sic) 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 tweeter wrote. UC Web says this is entirely false. "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 represent the views of the company. The allegations of misleading and malicious promotions by the said person are completely false and baseless," the UC Web spokesperson said.
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