UC Browser



Security and Privacy


Market adoption


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UC Browser enjoyed significant popularity in China and India in 2012-2017. It still enjoys some popularity here. UC Browser enjoyed significant popularity in China and India from 2012 to 2017, as well as in China.

StatCounter, an independent web analytics firm, stated that UC Browser has never been China’s most used browser and never had more than 20% of the browser market. Up to March 2021 Google Chrome was 43%, while UC Browser had only 18%.

From October 2013, to June 2017, UC Browser was India’s leading browser. It reached 46% browser share. UC Browser topped the charts in India from October 2013 through June 2017. It had 46% browser share.

From July 2015, UC Browser in Indonesia was the most used browser. This was up to the peak of 51% browser shares. From July 2015, UC Browser was Indonesia’s most used browser, peaking at 51% browser share.

The May 2020 India National Security Council recommended that UC Browser users be restricted to certain apps owned by China. This is in response to the 2020 China-India skirmish.

The History


UC Browser first launched April 2004, as a HTML2ME only application.

The logo of UC Browser changed from a cartoon squirrel in 2012 to a more stylized, abstract squirrel.

[48] In May 2013, UCWeb modified its browser to Vodafone Indian customers.

UC Browser, which provided distribution channels for companies such as AppURL Initiative [49], partnered to market its products with distributor Gameloft.

The company also announced a partnership in 2013 with trend Micro. Both companies work together to offer mobile web safety assessment services. [51]

Ban in India


UC Browser and 58 other Chinese apps, including TikTok or WeChat were banned by India’s Government on 26 June 2020. This was in response to 2020 China-India disputes between India and China.

China Ban


In March 2021 the browser was removed from several Chinese app stores over a complaint that it was selling misleading medical adverts when searching for hospitals in the browser.[54] It was still available on Apple Inc Chinese app store.[55]

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